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In June of 1993, I had the pleasure of speaking at a national conference for

the leaders of ministries to Masons. It was held in Knoxville, TN. and was atten
ded by people who were involved in ministering to those in and around the many M
asonic fraternities. Also there were many of those who write and speak on the su
bject, as well as some of the leading researchers on the subject. It was a great
place to be if you were interested in the subject and probably the worst place
to be if you were the subject of the interest.
Seldom before in my career as an apologist for the Christian faith had I come ac
ross a more zealous crowd of evangelical believers. I was rather fortunate t be
one of the very first speakers, which meant that I could sit back after I finis
hed, relax and listen to the rest of the presentations, even sleep through a few
if I felt like it. It was a rare "out of gear' time for me.
My relaxation was short lived, however. The very next speaker brought me to rapt
attention and I spent the rest of the trip on the edge of my chair soaking in s
ome of the best instruction on the subject of Freemasonry that I had ever witnes
As excited as I was to be receiving such great information, I was morose over th
e fact that there should have been thousands in attendance instead of hundreds.
It was as though something dramatic needed to be done to capture the moment, to
save the data in order to bring it to the church at large, the church that has
let this secret cancer into its sanctuaries and eat away at its underside.
I was determined not to let this information be buried away in obscurity the da
y after the conference closed and went to each of a number of those who presente
d papers there and asked their permission to publish their material in a book.
Obviously, they agreed and you are reading the introduction to that compilation
This is a great book. It contains the bulk of the Christian stand on just about
every aspect of Freemasonry and the lodges. I have tried to get it all in order,
tying it together in a readable and usable fashion.
There will be times when you will read the same charges, the same references and
the same Scriptures, from chapter to chapter. I have left them in there to give
you the perspective of each author on their subject of interest. We have dissec
ted the dangerous doctrines of Masonry from sides and there is nothing left but
the ashes of a false system of darkness.
I pray, on behalf of each man and woman who has contributed to this work, that i
t be a blessing to those who study it with the purpose of using its information
for the saving of lost souls and for the edifying of the body of Christ toward t
hat goal of becoming the unblemished bride of Christ.
Every person who has contributed to this work has, as First priority the minist
ry of grace to the lost. They are not the enemies of those in Masonry, but their
friends. Each is willing to correspond and minister on an individual basis.
I have given the addresses of each contributor, so that you may contact them, sh
ould you want to dialogue further. Meanwhile, each can be reached through the of
fices of Huntington House Publishers.

Ed Decker
Saints Alive in Jesus
P.O. Box 1076
Issaquah, WA 98027
I have never been a Mason, although I grew up in a Masonic family and was a memb
er of its youth organization, the DeMolay. Every male member of my family since
1805 has been active in the Masonic lodge. My Dad was a Mason until he repented
of it 2 years before he passed away in 1992. My mother was an Eastern Star and
my grandfather was a 33rd degree Mason. All my uncles, aunts, and grandparents a
nd the people on every side of my family have been involved in Masonry, not only
here in the United States but before we came to the United States in Europe.
Those of you who know my background know that I spent twenty years of my life in
Mormonism. I became a Christian in 1975 and since that time I have been ministe
ring the gospel of grace to the Mormon people. What does this all have to do wit
h subject of the lodge and Freemasonry? Prior to my time as a Mormon I was a mem
ber of the Episcopal Church and almost everybody in our local parish were masons
. It was a Masonic organization in a lot of ways. Although I didn't think much o
f it at the time.
There came a point in my life when I felt the urge to go out and seek some unde
fined "religious truth." It was unique that the church I ran into immediately
was the Mormon Church. I often wondered why that was the case. Why didn't I run
into a Baptist, or another Episcopalian who wasn't bored to death in the high c
hurch, with all its rituals. Why did I suddenly find the Mormons?
We are dealing in areas of spiritual power in some of these things and I believe
that the same spirit that was in that local Episcopal church [because of the i
mmense power that the Masons had in it] was the same controlling spirit that is
in Mormonism. I believe this is true because Mormonism is permeated throughout w
ith the Masonic doctrines .
Joseph Smith was a Mason. His brother Hiram was a Mason. The first five presiden
ts of the Mormon church were Masons. The Mormon Masonic Lodge in Nauvoo, Illinoi
s, was one of the largest Masonic lodges in the United States at the time. They
had over fourteen hundred members in one lodge. So much of what I did in Mormoni
sm had very close ties into Masonry.
I remember being in a Baptist church a few years after I became a Christian. I
was sharing about some of the things I had done in Mormonism. I talked about my
participation in the Mormon temple ritual. I shared some things about the templ
e like the oaths that we took, the symbolism, some of the signs and tokens and
the apron that Lucifer, who is the instructor in part of the Mormon temple ritu
al, wore.
I told them that the apron he wore had Masonic symbols on it and several of thes
e same symbols were on the veil at the end of the Mormon temple ritual. we Mor
mons reached our arms through these holes in the veil and put your our around G
od or the man playing the part of God.
At the veil, we recited all these "special" things that we learned in the templ
e. Those holes were really the Masonic square, rule and compass slit in the vei
l. We also wore those same marks on our sacred undergarments which we Mormons mu
st wear as Temple Mormons.
It's interesting to note that since we began revealing these secrets to the worl
d, the LDS god has given new instructions or revelation word to his prophets in
Salt Lake City and many of these Masonic blood oaths have been removed from the
At the end of that meeting in the Baptist church, I walked to the back of the
church to say good-bye to people. An elder, a member of the board from that chu
rch, came up and led me off to a corner of the back area of the church where, wi
th great stress in his voice, said, "You better stop doing this"
I responded, " Stop doing what?"
He said, " You better stop talking about those things."
"Talking about what things? "
"You better stop talking about those rituals, because you are sharing secrets th
at only Masons are suppose to know. "
I said, "I beg your pardon, I don't know what your talking about."
"No, you know exactly what I'm talking about. You stop it! When you're talking
about the Mormon temple ritual you're revealing the Masonic ritual secrets. You
know that the thumb to the throat oath and all the things that are done in the
Mormon temple are things that are Masonic secrets. Those hand shakes, the signs
, the tokens, the handclasps, the penalties and all these things are Masonic and
you're revealing the Masonic stuff."
"I'm not revealing Masonic stuff, I'm revealing what I did, what I personally di
d in the Mormon temple," I replied with some force.
"You stop it or you're going to get hurt. You don't know what you are doing. You
don't know what troubles you're heading for if you don't stop this!"
I said, "I'm not stopping it, I think its abominable and Luciferian, and I'm goi
ng to talk about it because I think people need to know what is going on in the
Mormon temple."
Finally he just said, "Well if you're saying that the Mormons do that and its S
atanic, what are you saying about Masonry?"
Not knowing much except what little I could get out of the Bible, I just said,
"If Masonry is involved with the same rituals and the same blood oaths its from
the same pit of Hell."
The elder turned away in anger and stomped off. I stood there, watching after hi
m and then I saw that the pastor had standing over to the side and had watched
the en tire exchange. He looked at me and slowly shook his head. H e said,
"You're being a very foolish young man. You don't know what your doing, you don'
t know what troubles you are headed for, if you don't stop this."
He turned quickly and walked out of the church. I stood there thinking, "Hey, I
'm in a Christian church and the Christians are getting mad at me and threatenin
g me. What am I doing wrong? I'm talking about evil that I participated in and s
uddenly I'm having problems. " I thought, "This is it, I'm going to find out abo
ut Masonry. I have to know what's going on here."
About a month after that, our friend 's Dad passed away and we were sitting in t
heir church attending his funeral in a very nice evangelical situation. The fami
ly was sitting there in the front row, with friends gathered around them. We fi
nally reached the end of the funeral, and as the pastor was thanking us for atte
nding, suddenly the hair stood up on the back of my neck.
I turned and looked toward the back of the church and saw this group of men ma
rching down the isle in these black somber outfits and carrying scrolls, and all
kinds of things, wearing white gloves, boxer-type hats, aprons with all kinds o
f stuff on them. They marched up to the front and gathered around the coffin.
They began chanting and breaking leaves over the coffin and so forth. I broke ou
t into spiritual hysteria. I began praying quietly to myself, I was almost on my
knees and my wife is praying just as hard beside me. We were trying to bind thi
s evil that had just come into this place. We didn't know what it was that was h
appening, we just knew it was bad. Of course, it was a Masonic funeral ritual.
I talked to my Dad about it, since he was still a Mason at the time. I said some
thing about the Masonic funeral being horrible. He said, "What do you mean horri
ble? I'm going to be buried in a Masonic funeral, myself."
I said, "Not if I have anything to say about it."
He said, "I'm going to be cremated in my white apron, my lambskin apron and I wa
nt the Masons to do it."
I said, "I can't do that, Dad. It is dark, pagan thing and it is not the way a
Christian needs to leave this world."
Dad had his will rewritten and had papers drawn up so that my non-Christian sist
er would be the executrix of his estate. He did that so I could not get near hi
s body after he died, so he could be cremated in his lambskin apron.
Jumping ahead in my story a bit, I need to share with you that Dad repented of F
reemasonry two years before his homegoing. He had been a Mason for over 60 years
, but Jesus set him free. We had a believer's Memorial Service for my Dad, a t
ime of joy and peaceful release. Isn't God faithful!
So I began an intense study. I'm extremely well versed in it now. I have probabl
y close to a thousand books on Masonry in my library. Most of them are esoteric
book which are written by Masons. Some of them actually say "ESOTERIC BOOK, DO N
I have been able, through the grace of God, to get into some places that I don't
belong. I have acquired all the ritual books for all the rituals of Masonry in
their associated groups from the Eastern Star to Job's Daughters to Rainbow Girl
s to all the various groups. I have every ritual of every step of Freemasonry in
the York Rite and the Scottish Rite, Blue Lodge, Shriner, and Red Man and Jeste
rs and all the esoteric groups in Masonry. I have just about every document th
at they ever dared to put in writing plus I have the testimony of thousands of M
asons who have been set free from that darkness. So I can talk a little bit abo
ut Masonry.
Masonry is one of the most volatile subjects in the Christian church today. Wher
e did Masonry come from? The Mason will tell you that it started back in Solomon
's temple and that ritually, it carried on and continued through the building of
the great cathedrals of Europe, Their history is the history of the Stone Mason
s. They were called the operative Masons
Because they didn't have plastic badges in those days; they learned secret hand
shakes and signs so that a Master Mason could go from cathedral to cathedral, fr
om country to country and go to the boss man there and give him a secret hand sh
ake or secret sign. By that sign, the Construction boss would know that he was a
Master Mason, or an apprentice Mason or journeyman Mason. It was pretty simple,
but it worked for them.
The special sign or handshake would identify the worker in different levels of c
apability. Because of the importance of keeping the craft free from impostors,
there were some serious penalties for lying or using a code you hadn't earned.
That's where Freemasonry really came from. In the late seventeenth century or e
arly eighteenth century they began to gather in the towns and cities in fellows
hip off the jobs. They allowed non craftsmen friends, called non-operative Maso
ns to join with them socially. That is when Freemasonry as we see it today, or
Speculative Masonry began.
Now that's their story. And for the most part, that's pretty much what most of w
hat I'll call "social Masonry" still is today. However that's not what "Spiritua
l or mystical Masonry" is really all about.
Spiritual/Mystical Masonry actually goes back, not to the temple of Solomon bu
t to the Crusades when Eastern Mysticism was brought into the church through t
he Knights Templar. The crusaders brought back esoteric ritual into Central Euro
pe, France, Italy. They brought back the Kabalah and eastern mysticism. They bro
ught in the Egyptian and the Gnostic mysteries that were present, even in the
days of Christ.
They brought these up into the 16th and 17th century terminology and wove them
into the culture of Europe in those days. Even first century Christianity had t
he Essenes; who brought a Gnostic superiority into the fringe of the church . Th
ey claimed secret knowledge that only the adept were allowed to receive. They we
re also known as the Apron wearers.
It's interesting that they wore aprons that were their protection, their coveri
ng before God. The Essenes wore these same aprons that the masons wear today. An
d if you go back to the Babylonian mysteries and the deification of Nimrod, the
priests of Nimrod also wore those same aprons in his temple. And they, too were
known as the apron wearers. They also wore special undergarments with special m
arkings on the breasts, just like the Mormons do today.
There's nothing new under the sun. And old Satan is still whining the old same r
ecord over and over again with different names, the same things you see today in
the new age; it's the same things the Essenes and the early Masons embraced;.
higher knowledge, becoming one with universe, becoming one with the essence of t
he Christ spirit. All these things tie into modern Masonry.
The power base of early Masonry was tied to the tremendous wealth and power of t
he Knights Templar, until the Roman catholic church, attempting to break to powe
r grip of the craft, outlawed them and began to confiscate its land and treasure
houses, killing its leaders when and where they could. The Masons, particularly
though a group called the Illuminati, had great power on the political scene.
We see a Masonic hand in the French Revolution and the American Revolution. The
re is a thread, a theme here that demonstrates the Masons have surely had a cons
piratorial part of modern, international history.
How could that happen on such a scale over so many years?
It could happen right here on a small scale. Suppose everybody in this group swo
re solemn oaths to join together as a secret band. Suppose we closed the door,
we locked the room and we brought each of you up and had you kneel down, kiss a
Bible, and swear a blood oath to have your throat slit from ear to ear if you b
roke your oath. And suppose you swore an oath that you would do everything in yo
ur power for the rest of your life for the people who are in this select group,
right here in this room. That's no one else, but just those of us who are in t
his select group. We would do beneficial things for each other. If someone had
an opening in their company and you needed a job that they would move you to tha
t job over someone else. Or that if there was a contract being led by my company
I would see that you got the contract. And we would began to take advantage of
the political and the economic system to better each of us. We would have a good
thing going. Right? Almost like a secret fraternity.
That's what the Skull and Bones thing is that President Bush belongs to out of H
arvard. That's exactly what they did. They swore these blood oaths that they wou
ld help each other in the political and the economic society, to lift each other
up, to support them in everything that they did. They swore blood oaths to do t
his. It has been pretty effective for most of them. And if you look at the simp
le side of Masonry, basically that's what began to take place.
In 1717, in England, the first Grand lodge met. So we know that there were many
lodges for a Grand lodge to meet and they organized under the Grand lodge of Eng
land. In the United States, many of the people who were involved in the implemen
tation of the Revolutionary War and the first Congress were Masons. The Declarat
ion of Independence was written on a Masonic white lambskin apron. If you go ov
er to Washington D.C. today and go look at this great document, its written on a
lambskin apron.
That's interesting, because my Dad wanted to be buried in it because it was his
covering before God, until Jesus became his covering. Only a pagan needs to fi
nd some cover before God.
If you are a pagan there is no problem being a Mason., because its a pagan socie
ty. If you are a Christian, you have a problem. Let me explain the problem. It'
s almost a simple matter of submission to the spirit of darkness. When a man go
es into the Masonic order, before he can even enter he has to be voted on by the
lodge. They use a secret voting system using white balls and black balls and i
f any body puts just one black ball in the box[that's where the expression being
black balled comes from], you cannot ever be a Mason. If any man decides he doe
sn't like the color of your hair, if you have offended him in business, if there
is some offense in your relationship he can then just put a black ball in, no
questions asked, and you are not a member of the lodge.
When a man goes into the first or Entered Apprentice level, he is given slippers
, he takes most of his regular clothes off, he has one pant leg off, he has his
chest bare, his wedding ring removed, he has a hood or blindfold put over him, h
e has had a rope tied around his neck (called a cable-tow) and he's led around t
hat way through most of the ritual. He is a man in darkness seeking the light of
the lodge.
I wonder how many of these men would do this if their wives or children were wat
ching. If there's anything that I do that I can't do with my wife or I can't do
with my son or my daughters, then I'm in trouble, I don't care what it is. There
's nothing in my life that I would do that I had to hide from my wife. So if I
'm going to go in and share a secret oath that I can never reveal to my wife, I'
m in deep trouble.
First off I couldn't do it because I would never do something that I would have
to hide from my own wife because she's one with me in Christ. So right off I've
got a problem. Secondly, as a Christian, I don't need the light of the lodge, be
cause I already have the light of Jesus Christ. And so I'm not in darkness seeki
ng the light of the lodge or the light of the knowledge of man. They could put s
ixteen hoods over my head and I'm still in light because I'm in Christ.
But if I allow myself to be submitted to that, and I kneel down and swear a bloo
d oath to keep the secrets that I'm learning and that I will hide the sins of my
fellow masons, murder and treason excepted, I am no longer in fellowship with C
hrist. As a Christian I cannot swear that oath. These are simple things here. Th
irdly, is the Masonic relationship with Jesus.
I was talking to Mason a while back. He is in The Blue Lodge, which is the lowe
r level, encompassing the first three levels of Masonry, so he's really in the
lower level. He told me he was a Christian. I said, "Do you love the Lord Jesus
He answered, " Yes, of course I do. There is nothing in Masonry that would offen
d Jesus Christ"
I said, "Are you sure there is nothing that you do in Masonry that would be of
fensive to Jesus?"
He said, "Ed, nothing that I do in the Blue Lodge would ever offend the Lord J
esus Christ."
"Do you love the Lord, " I asked?
"Of course I do!"
"Do you believe the Word of God? "
"YES, of course I do!"
"Do you live the Word of God? "
"YES, well, at least I do my best!"
" Well then, if you love the Lord Jesus Christ, then you'll do what he says and
you will not do what he says not to do. So how can you be a Mason?"
"What are you talking about?"
I said, "Well, Jesus himself says to swear no oath. Let your yes be yes and you
r no, no. He said anything more come of evil."
He looked at me for a long minute and finally responded, "Yeah, but that's, you
know, symbolic."
I said, "I'm sorry, but its not symbolic. Its the Word of God."
That's the simplest, most direct answer to the lodges. As a Christians, we are
not to swear any oath. So we don't swear oaths. We must let our yes be yes and
our no, no.
In the very beginning of their ritual journey, when the Masons receive that whit
e apron, which my Dad treasured so greatly, they are told how wonderful it will
be to see God and then the fruit of all men's lives shall be made known. They
are told in the "Apron lecture" that their apron shall be their covering when th
ey stand before the great white throne judgment of God. And they go on just sli
de right through that ritual.
The great white throne judgment of God is the judgment of the damned. In Revelat
ions 20, it says that those are not in Christ will be raised up to go to the gre
at white judgment of God. It'd not the first time that lie has been told. It goe
s all the way back to Genesis 3, when man first tried to cover his sin with an
apron f his own making. God ejected it then and He still rejects it today, wheth
er it's the Masons or the Mormons, God is not pleased..
Lucifer, himself, tells the Mormons to wear the apron in the Mormon temple rit
ual. He says, "look here comes Father, quick, cover yourselves." And they cover
themselves. In that ritual, Lucifer is actually wearing an apron that resembles
that of a Past Worshipful Master. Sitting back behind all this, Satan has to l
augh at our stupidity.
One of the men here was telling me that he was the Past Worshipful Master of a l
odge and he will recall with me that they perform a ceremony in which the initia
te goes through a mock death and resurrection. He is raised up from death by th
e power of the Strong Grip, the Lion's Paw Grip, by the power of the Master of t
he lodge who is supposed to have that position of resurrection power to raise
him from the dead. He becomes born again, symbolically in Masonry, by the power
of the Strong Grip or the Lion's Paw grip, which is the secret or sacred grip of
the Master in the Blue Lodge. But, to the Christian, Jesus is the resurrection
of life and not the master of any lodge, not the power of the strong grip and no
t the power of the Masonic order.
The Blue Lodge Masons, encompassing the first three degrees of Masonry, are inst
ructed that they are seeking the lost word, or the lost name of God. The rituals
are kind of built around this idea. They're seeking greater knowledge. Yet, som
e of the leading masons and in some of the rituals of the higher levels that the
y sort of smile at the Blue Lodge.
At the higher levels, they teach that the Blue Lodge is just the outer court y
ard of true Masonry and that those who are involved in the Blue Lodge are led to
believe that they getting answers but they are being misled, even when they th
ink they are being led properly.
They are not allowed to know the truth, because the truth is only for those who
prove their worthiness. Sounds like Mormonism again. Only at the higher levels c
an they get the real knowledge, but the Blue Lodge is purposely misled with all
egory and misleading symbolism so that they think they know but these people ar
e actually being fooled by the higher levels of Gnostic Masons.
It isn't until they reach the level of Royal Arch Masonry that they discover tha
t the lost name of God wasn't lost after all. It's at this level that they lear
n the sacred name of God.
They find that the sacred name of God is composed of three names, representing t
he three identities of God. It is so sacred that it takes three Royal Arch Mason
s to be able to speak it. One Mason cannot say the full name of God, which is Ja
obulon. The three Masons grip hands high and low and chant, Jao-bul -on, Jao-
bul-on, Jao-bul-on, Je-hov-ah. The Masonic material identifies the three as Jeho
vah, Ba'al and Osiris.
What these men are doing is worshipping a demon god so far removed from the real
God that this worship must surely defile the holiness of God and guarantee t
hose who pronounce that name in such a ceremony a swift ride to Hell after they
stand at that white throne judgment of the damned, in their Masonic aprons. Wha
t foolish men..
Manly P Hall is one of the highest level Masonic teachers and authors. He is als
o a Luciferian, as you will discover in some of the other chapters. In his book,
DARK SECRETS OF ALL AGES, he has a picture of the key demon of Freemasonry, th
e Goat of Mendes or Baphomet. We published that picture in the Huntington House,
I had a phone call one day from a lady back East. She said she had become a born
again Christian about 6 months earlier. She was the head of all the Eastern Sta
r for her state and she said that she started going to a ladies Bible study grou
p, called Women's Aglow
She related that these women kept bothering her about being involved in the East
ern Star. They kept telling her to get out of that. She told them that she enjoy
ed the Eastern Star and they did a lot of good, benevolent things and that she w
as the head of the State Eastern Star and just couldn't drop out it that easy e
ven if she wanted to.
She told me that something had been happening to her ever since she became a C
hristian. The nights that she'll go out and officiate at chapter ceremonies, ins
talling the officers in the local areas, she'd go home or to the hotel and this
horrible demon would come in to her room at night and physically and sexually a
ttack her.
She knew it was demonic and she was fighting and she couldn't battle this thing.
She had talked to her husband about it, but nobody else knew about this horrib
le thing she was going through. She was trying to pray her way through this. She
said that one day she was coming home from a short trip as I just described and
saw a Christian book store.
She said to herself, "I'm going to pull in there and I'm going to find out if th
ey have any material on the Masonic lodge and Eastern Star. I'm going to get a b
ook and I'm going to get some answers before anybody talks to me again, before I
get harassed one more time by the ladies at Women's Aglow
or anyone else. I'm going to get some answers. "
She said that she went in and asked them if they had any material on Masonry at
all and they said, "No, we don't; but we just had a book come in the mail and
its called The Question of Freemasonry."
She picked up the book and opened it up and there was Manly P. Hall's picture o
f the power of Masonry, the strong man, the demon god, Baphomet. That was the de
mon that had been coming into her bedroom. She fled out of the bookstore, picked
up her husband at his office and sped home.
She was calling me from her house a few hours later. She and her husband had wri
tten letters of demit, both resigning from every Masonic organization. As she
finished her story she said, "Mr. Decker, we haven't even read the rest of the b
ook." The one page, with its picture was enough to convince them that Masonry w
as a darkness out of the pit!
That ties in to another mystery of Freemasonry. Each step of Masonry has its ow
n set of secret signs, penalties, sacred names and so on. In the 17th level of t
he Scottish Rite, the Knights of the East and The West, the sacred word the Mas
ons learn is Abbadon.
The scriptures tell us in Revelations 9:11 that the demons of the pit of hell ha
ve a king over them and his name in the Hebrew is Abbadon. Somebody better wake
up! The information is there for a Christian who has ever read a Bible. Any Chr
istina who sits through that initiation and does not flee from the ritual room i
s submitting himself [and therefore his wife and children] to the headship of Ab
badon, the king of the pit of hell.
It's interesting that the Eastern Star emblem is the inverted five-pointed star
which is the Pentagram, often called the Goat of Mendes which is the geometric
example of Baphomet. Written into the star are the mystical ritual initials, F.A
.T.A.L.. The ladies in the Eastern Star think it stands for Fair Among Thousand
s, Altogether Lovely. It really stands for the fatal attraction of Eastern Sta
r and the fatal bondage that comes with it.
I was over in the Philippines and while there, I visited the American cemetery
in Manila. It is a somber walk as you stand among the thousands of graves where
so many Americans were buried. I was going through all the names of the America
n service men who died on the walls of this huge monument and I noticed that eve
rybody who had won a congressional medal of honor had an inverted five-pointed s
tar next to his name.
And there were three little dots at the end of each star point which are Masonic
dots, you'll see them in all the Masonic material. I wondered why it was on the
re, so I did a little research and discovered that it actually is the design of
the United States Congressional Medal of Honor. It's a Pentagram, a literal Pent
The inverted five-pointed star in a circle, is one of the most powerful Satanic
emblems in the universe as far as Satanists are concerned.
That's the Congressional Medal of Honor! As I researched that, I discovered that
it was designed by Masons. I also discovered that the Statue of Liberty was a g
ift of the Masonic brethren in France to the American Masons and it, too, is fi
lled with Masonic, occult symbols all over it.
I discovered in Washington D.C. that the streets around the White House were lai
d out by a Masonic architect and they are laid out in the form of the Goat of Me
ndes and the Square and Compass of Freemasonry.. The Capitol Building and its st
reets actually form the Goat of Mendes and the square and the compass of Free
masonry intersect the Washington Monument, right in dead line with it. The left
leg of the Masonic compass sits on top of the White House and the right leg si
ts on the Jefferson Memorial. Jefferson was a deist and a Mason, and an Illumina
ti member. So was Benjamin Franklin.
These great men who are highly esteemed for their great work in establishing ou
r country were also busy laying in the root of occult power, a conspiracy desi
gned to mystically effect our nation's Capitol.
Designed in the streets themselves, and with its southern point sitting in the c
enter of the White House is an inverted five-pointed star which again is the ge
ometric face of the Goat of Mendes. And you wonder why we have star-gazers in th
e White House.
The other thing that bothered me while I was researching this in Washington D.C.
was the fact that every Federal building that exists has been prayed for and se
t apart by the Masons in their ritual. They have the cornerstones filled with th
eir own paraphernalia, their own prayers to Jaobulon. It's only because God stil
l has prayer power Christians in this nation that we haven't succumbed to these
But these are the things of darkness that must we fight against today. We have
a door opened to Satan's kingdom sitting right in our National capitol . There i
s a dark spiritual power that sits over our country today because of this. I bel
ieve that we need to stand up against it, spiritually.
In ritual of the Blue Lodge, Masons are sworn to keep the secrets of their breth
ren, murder and treason excepted. In the Royal Arch degree, the one where they
learn the name of their god, they swear that same oath, murder and treason inc
What chance does a non - Mason have going into a court of law against Masons whe
n there is a Masonic judge and Masonic attorneys. All a Mason has to do is let
a Masonic Judge ,or even a Masonic Juror know that he is a Masonic brother and
that is that.
Sometimes you look the way a case, is going and it just doesn't make sense. We
had one in Seattle not too long ago, in fact the Union my sister worked for was
involved in it and nothing went right, even simple points that were obvious to e
veryone but the Judge. They couldn't figure out what was wrong and I asked her,
"Are the defendants and the judge Masons?" She checked it out and found out that
they were. I said,
"You don't have a chance. There is no way you can win because, they passed the w
ord to the judge in the lodge or they gave that Judge a signal, they gave him
the sign of the square, or the sign of distress, gave him one of a dozen differe
nt signs they could give him and that judge was bound by his Masonic code to f
ind for his brother. He is going to do that for the Mason whether he's right or
In another case a few years ago, a wealthy businessman was accused of molesting
his granddaughter. I knew that he was a Mason held in high esteem in the city.
I was surprised to see that the Judge in his case was a well known Shriner and w
ondered how the judge was going to act for the state, in the matter and also uph
old his Masonic oaths.
A week into the highly publicized case, the Judge came in one morning and annou
nced that he had made a grave error in allowing certain testimony. He said the e
rror was quite grave, since it meant that he had to dismiss the charges. He said
his error would not allow the man to get a fair trial, ever and therefore, he
could not be recharged. The Judge took an official reprimand and yet sits in th
e bench today, a Mason of high honor. What Christian, living as a disciple of C
hrist could sit by and see that take place, yet remain in the lodge?
Masons can't even talk about Jesus, as Lord and Savior in the Masonic Lodge, bec
ause Jesus is recognized as a great teacher. only and not the Word which becam
e Flesh. He is merely one of the great teachers, the same as Buddha, the firs
t legislator in Masonry. And Jesus, Moses, Zoroaster and Socrates are all parts
or pieces of one great truth. The Masons say that they do not look at the indiv
idual, they look at the truth that they bring.
The only requirement is to believe in a supreme being and therefore people who a
re in Islam can be involved in it. They worship a stone idol sitting in the Kaab
a and believe that is really God. They can actually be a Mason because they beli
eve in their own deity. And so Jesus isn't being represented there in a form tha
t should be acceptable to any Christian..
In the Masonic lodge, the Holy scriptures take the same devaluation even though
they have a Bible there. Yet, when they quote the scripture in the ritual, if it
were compared word for word to the Bible you would find that the name of Jesus
has been taken out. It sure sounds good. But Jesus is washed away.
In the 30th level of the Scottish Rite, the Masons take the communion of the dea
d. As they take their communion, they drink the wine out of the top of a human
skull and are told that they have taken in the blood of those great teachers.
At that same, they eat the bread they are told they have eaten the bodies of th
ose great bearers of light. It is an abomination for a Christian to partake in t
occult type of the Roman Catholic ritual of trans-substantiation, partaking in
the literal blood and flesh of Christ, which in itself is a non Biblical rite.
When the Masons make it to the thirty-second degree, they can decide to go int
o the Shrine and this is where a whole new set of problems come into sight. I ha
ve often had a Shriner say, "There is nothing that I do in the Shrine that I wou
ldn't be pleased to be involved in with my family."
But, when I mention a few things in the ritual and initiation, they change the s
ubject very quickly because some of it is obscene. I know that I would never wan
t my wife to see me doing some of those things. But, that's the superficial prob
The really obscene thing is that at the end of that demeaning initiation, they k
neel down at an altar and they pray and swear a blood oath that is four and a ha
lf pages long, including penalties that say if you reveal the secrets, you'll h
ave your eyeballs pierced with a three-edged blade and other fun stuff. At the e
nd of this oath, which, in advance, they agree is non-revocable, they say this,

".... and may Allah, the god of Arab, Moslem and Mohammedan, the God of our fath
ers, support me to the entire fulfillment of the same, Amen, Amen, Amen." (THE A
, Ny,Ny.)
What a pitfall for the Shriner who claims to be a Christian! Allah is not anoth
er name for God. Allah is a tribal deity, a stone or wooden idol carved by the h
and of man and it sits entombed in the sacred black building, the Kaaba, in Mecc
a, where all of Islam bows down to it. Allah is a demon god who has destroyed na
tion after nation of followers. And the Shriners who submit themselves to the go
dship of Allah have submitted themselves to demonic headship.
It bothers me every time I see the Shriners marching in a parade. They are usua
lly busy with their little cars or motorcycles, zipping around with their red fe
zzes. I did a little study on the red fez.
The fez comes from the name of the city of Fez, a city in Morocco, in North Wes
t Africa. In the early eighth century, the city was overrun by Islamic hordes.
They came into the Christian city of Fez and demanded that they convert to Islam
or be slaughtered. They refused. The Muslims took every man, woman, and child,
brought them into the square and butchered them and cut their bodies apart.
These were true Christian martyrs who died for Christ; 45 thousand men, women, a
nd children. The Muslim butchers took their white hats and dipped them in the bl
ood of the dying Christian children and women and wore it as a symbol of their h
When a man says that he is a Christian and comes into a Christian church after
having just left a lodge or parade where he wore that red fez, God must cry out
in agony over that wickedness. Its an abomination to God. When a man wears a hat
on his head that symbolizes by its color, by its very name the butchering of C
hristian martyrs and call himself a Christian. I wouldn't want to be within sev
enteen light-years of him when he sees the Lord Jesus Christ when He comes. Beca
use I can tell you what's going to happen to him. He will exert the penalty to t
he deaths of every one of those martyrs and all the children's burn hospitals of
the world will not make up for it.
Several years ago, a daily newspaper in , Florida, the Orlando Sentinel publishe
d a report on the Shrine hospital program. 98% of the money the Shriners rais
e in these circuses wasn't going to the hospitals. It went to the Shriners for t
heir parties. Ninety-eight percent of the money they raise at these hospital gat
herings went toward the parties they are so well known for. Ninety-eight percent
went to their little cars and their little boats and their temples, their littl
e hats and stuff. Two percent went to the hospitals.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if these men rejected that and put it aside and said "I
'm going to follow Christ! Christ is my Lord, Christ is my Savior and I'm going
to follow Him, and I'm going to put this stuff aside, even if there is a shred o
f a doubt."
But let me tell you where the real sin is. If you think this is bad, I got news
for you. I'll tell you where its really bad. After years of intense study, after
having lived in this thing my entire life with my Dad, my family, and my grandf
ather; after generation after generation in my family and seeing it in my churc
h; and seeing throughout churches in the United States and all over the world, I
have found the deepest sin in Freemasonry. I've been all over the world with th
is message, I've also been run out of a few towns with it, I've also been poison
ed for it , and I'm alive today and still talking!
The deepest sin of the lodge is if a Mason, as a father, as a husband, sets hims
elf to the spiritual whoredoms I have exposed, He will reap the harvest. The ter
rible truth is that and it isn't going to be in him that it will be reaped, b
ut in his wife and his children's lives and his children's children to the third
and fourth generations.
He has walked away from Christ, placing Him in with Buddha and Zoroaster and has
surrendered himself to the law of the Old Testament by getting involved with th
ese Baal worshipers. He has removed himself from Godly headship and he has opene
d the door to every Satanic attack in the entire world to his wife and his kids
whom he says he loves.
If you have rebellion in your home; if you have whoredoms in you family and forn
ications, homosexuality, alcoholism, infidelity and these kinds of problems. If
there is sickness and no joy and no victory in your Christian walk, its because
the door to your home has been open to Baal. The demons of hell can walk right
through your front door and why? Because sitting in that lower left-hand corner
of that lower drawer of your dresser is the white-lambskin apron of the fratern
ity and all the other paraphernalia that is associated with it. You are worsh
ipping at a false altar and you have submitted your family to that false altar.
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we have to stand up against this. We have t
o stand up against it in our family. If I were a Mason, reading this today I wou
ld go home and I would burn that stuff. I would get on my knees before God, I w
ould go to my church and ask my pastor to let me go up before the congregation,
confess my sin and repent publicly because I have brought whoredoms into the co
This is the kind of sin that this is. The Mason has brought whoredom into the co
ngregation. When I speak about this in churches, I say,
"Hey, you know how we do it, everybody bow their heads, everybody's eyes closed,
stick up your hand and we'll pray for you. Well, not this time! No. You've brou
ght whoredom into the congregation, you have defiled the congregation of the Hol
"I want every eye up, I want every eye looking, and I want you stand up and repe
nt publicly in front of the whole congregation. Because it is that kind of sin."
I've seen forty men in a single church stand up and repent. And I've also seen s
ome sit there. I was down in First Christian Church in Port Charlotte, Florida a
nd at the end of the meeting, I spoke and I asked the men to stand up and repent
. We had a lot of men and women repent. They stood and we prayed for them.
There was a Worshipful Master present at that meeting. He was brought there by o
ne of the deacons of the church who was a Mason and the deacon sat there with a
grimace on his face the whole time we were praying for those who stood. Then I
did what I normally do, and I said,
"Those of you who have family who are involved in it, let's put a hedge about yo
u, a spiritual hedge. Let's break the power of Masonry over your family. Let's p
ut an end to this. We can come together in agreement, to break the power over th
is church, to break the power over your family. For those of you who want to pra
y to break the power over your families I want you to stand"
At that moment, this man's whole family, his wife and his kids stood up right ne
xt to him, and they prayed along with all the rest. I smiled and thought, "broth
er, you are in deep trouble at home."
I wouldn't want to be in his shoes for anything because his wife and his kids h
ad made a spiritual commitment to the Lord to put an end to Masonry's control o
f their family. God heard their cries!
At the end of that church service, the pastor stood up in his church and he sai
"Right now, I'm telling every Mason in this church, you have a week to either re
pent or get out. That's as simple as I can make it. And if you think you have en
ough power in this church to vote me out in a meeting, then vote me out because
I will not be a pastor of a church that has Masons in control."
He took that stand and it broke the power of Masonry over that church. I talked
to that pastor of that church several months later and he said there was reviva
l is in the church. Friends, it was because they got rid of Baal worship in the
congregation. How can the Holy spirit of God operate in a church where the leade
rs, the board and even the pastor is involved in this kind of spiritual harlotry
? Our God will not share His glory with an idol!
What about the York Rite? So many contact me who say that, while the many other
branches of Freemasonry are certainly pagan, the York Rite is a Christian Rite
from start to finish. Would that it were true.
First, the deep roots of Freemasonry are entwined within every branch of the cr
aft and go through every level of paganism, cultic and occult practices, right i
nto the depths of Luciferic rituals. No part of the system is exempt. The York R
ite is no different and those men within it who claim it is free from any non
-Christian influence are either blind fools or lying through their teeth!
Let's look at the "Knights Templar" Degree. It is reported to have originally be
en established to preserve and protect the craft. The special garb worn in the
degree consists an Apron, sash and cordon.
The center of the Apron displays a hand holding a severed head, dripping blood.
On the flap is a hand holding a knife. Drops of red blood cover the white backgr
The Sash is white with a yellow fringe. It is filled with gory, severed heads,
arms and legs, mixed in with knives, crosses and crowns. The cordon , which goes
around the neck, is dark satin with severed heads down the side and a small cer
emonial sword as the breast ornament. Along with these grotesque items is a hu
man skull cut and pinned so that the top of the skull can be detached to use a
drinking vessel. And they call this the Christian Rite??
The paraphernalia of this ritual should be evidence enough that the York Rite is
every bit as pagan as the Scottish Rite, but let me finish this up with a few e
xcerpts from the rite, itself.
The obligation in this degree, called the Master's Nine Of Elect, is now given t
o the candidate in the usual form. While the candidate is kneeling at the altar
, the companions all stand over him with raised poniards, as if about to stab hi
m. Meanwhile a horrible, bloody head sits on the altar, facing him.
He swears this blood oath: "I do solemnly swear, in the presence of Almighty God
, that I will revenge the assassination of our worthy Master, Hiram Abiff, not o
nly on the murderers, but also on all who may betray the secrets of this degree;
and furthermore, that I will keep and protect this Order with all my might, and
the brethren, in general, with all my power, and furthermore, that I will obey
the decrees of the Grand Council of Princes of Jerusalem; and, if I violate my o
bligation, I consent to be struck with the dreadful poniard of vengeance, now pr
esented to me, and to have my head cut off, and stuck on the highest pole, or pi
nnacle, in the eastern part of the world, as a monument of my villainy! Amen! Am
en! Amen! Amen!"
The vows here are sealed with the Fifth Libation or The Sealed Obligation. The c
andidate is given the human skull filled with wine, which he drinks after sweari
ng that "the sins of the person whose skull this once was, be heaped upon my hea
d, in addition to my own; and may appear in judgement against me, both here and
hereafter, should I violate or transgress any obligation in Masonry, or the Orde
rs of [this] knighthood..."
I am sorry, but any man who has sworn such oaths has so violated his Christian
faith that I suspect he and all those over whom he has headship have been remo
ved from that umbrella of Christ's protection.
If your church is dying, if evangelism is a foreign word in your congregation, i
f there is discord within its ranks, if some small clique of people control the
board and the decisions, check it out. The Ba'al worshippers may be in control a
nd the Holy Spirit of God may be going to church down the street.
Well I've covered a lot of things that are important and I think that we have to
take a strong, Godly stand on Freemasonry. If you wonder why you don't have vi
ctory in your family, now you may understand. I believe that Masonry is multi-ge
nerational curse. I saw in my own family until my Dad was set free.
My Dad had to be led through the sinners prayer about every six months, he kept
losing the witness of his salvation, he lost his joy. My Dad used to up and run
out of communion services. He feared communion in the church. He took the commu
nion of the lodge but he wouldn't take communion in the church. But he had no jo
y, he had anger and hostility and bitterness.
Dad went into the hospital in early February of 1990 for emergency surgery. He h
ad 6 by-passes for a critical heart failure. It was so bad, they did it late at
night on a weekend because they didn't think he would last until the morning. Da
d was certain that because he was 80 years old and in poor health, he wasn't goi
ng to survive such an operation.
He called me to his side and told me that he loved me and I was right about Maso
nry. Dad repented that night and prayed with me as he set things right with the
Lord. Dad told my mother not to let the Masons near his body. He didn't want th
e apron. He wasn't going to the great white throne judgment. He was going to the
banqueting table!
Well, God gave Dad a special grace. Not only did Dad pull through like a trooper
, but he felt no pain, even though he had stitches running from his neck to his
toes. The morning after the operation, we had gone home for a little while and
a Lutheran Minister came into the room and asked my Dad if there was anything he
could do for him.
Dad said, "Yes, please, can you give me communion.?" My Dad was set free in Chr
ist. My Dad's days of running away from God were over. The joy and the peace and
the firm security of his salvation was there until the day he did go home to be
with Jesus a little over two years later, with his family at his side, singing
the hymns he loved and praising God for a fathe, a husband and grandfather who h
ad made his peace with God.
Freemasonry, the Trojan Horse in the Church
Pierce Dodson
106 Bartonwood
Lebanon Tenn 347087
I am a preacher without a pulpit right now. This address has been brewing for tw
o years, so please be patient with me and let me get it out of my system.
The front page article of a recent issue of The National Tennessean is called,
DEVIL'S GOT HIS CLAW ON COUNTRY MUSIC. The author, Ray Wattle, is their religion
editor. He stated that a group of conservative pastors across the state of Ten
nessee were planning to have a meeting to pray and come against the strongholds
of darkness that are the spiritual obstructions to the gospel in that area.
In the article, the Masonic lodge was mentioned on two or three occasions as pa
rt of that darkness these pastors were concerned about. It's something you woul
dn't have seen in print a few years ago. It is an encouragement to me that bit
by bit, piece by piece, God is bringing more of His people together and more of
the truth about the lodges is getting out to other people.
I have a letter from a man who is a rather prominent person within the Southern
Baptist Convention. I had written him about Freemasonry and he wrote back a r
ather long letter. I don't get very long many letters when I write Southern Ba
ptists about Freemasonry. In fact, I usually don't get letters back, at all. Whe
n I do, they are usually short and hardly sweet.
This man is one of the Southern Baptist officials and the interesting thing abo
ut the letter is not what he says, but what he doesn't say, because he doesn't m
ention Freemasonry in the letter at all. Somewhat strange, considering he was a
nswering an inquiry about Freemasonry in our denomination. You would not believe
the obstruction, the stonewalling, the covering up, the fear, and the cowardice
that this issue has evoked within the Southern Baptist Convention. It is a sham
e and a disgrace for this to happen in a denomination that claims to be a peopl
e of the Book. Please remember that I am one of them. Very few of you are, but I
am one, and I speak as one.
We have disgraced ourselves in our total mishandling of this issue. And may God
somehow in the closing days before our national convention, by some miracle, s
et us free from its grasp. If not, we will complete the cover-up and stand disg
raced before God. Pray that it not happen. [Editor's note: It did happen. The 1
993 SBC elected not to speak out against Freemasonry, but voted to accept Masons
in fellowship and leadership. May God have mercy on those leaders who let that
The following scripture ought to be a guide line for all of us that seek to wo
rk in this area:
"And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone,
able to teach, not resentful.
Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant th
em repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come
to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captiv
e to do his will."
(2 Tim. 2: 24 -26)
There is a lot said in those three verses and much that we need to keep in heart
and in mind as we seek to deal with this matter.
The title of my address is FREEMASONRY, THE TROJAN HORSE IN THE CHURCH. I believ
e the Lord gave me that title almost two years ago, so you can see that this is
a long time in coming. If you know anything about Greek mythology you know that
the Trojan horse was the means by which the Greeks successfully brought their a
rmy into the city of Troy. It was an act of subterfuge. They hid their soldiers
in a hollow, wooden horse and then left it on the shores of the city
The people of Troy took it inside, not knowing what was in there, and it brough
t about their destruction. The enemy entered and took the city captive without
losing a single man.
I believe we can apply that story today to Freemasonry within the local church
or denomination. For it is like that wooden horse. It has every appearance of b
eing proper and good, but it is a hollow horse. For hidden within it are the see
ds of destruction and they will come out to do their work, just as did the Gre
ek warriors and they will destroy the life of a church or a denomination. Sadly,
it need not be. The Bible says:
"He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning
from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil'
s work.
No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in hi
m; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God." (1 John 3: 8-9)
If we are to deal with this issue, we must have an understanding of the dynamic
s of spiritual warfare. People rush into this issue without the first notion tha
t they are dealing with the powers and principalities of darkness. I know didn't
I was born and raised in a Southern Baptist home where I was converted to Jesus
Christ at the age of nine. Later in life, feeling the call to the ministry, I at
tended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. At one tim
e, it was considered to be one of our more liberal institutions. However, there
are some changes in the wind and some good things are taking place there. Not a
ll of us who have gone to that school are liberals.
After finishing school, I stayed and pastored a church there in Kentucky and wa
s a good Southern Baptist minister. I served on the SBC State Executive council
for a three year period and I served the church there for fourteen years. Our c
hurch was very supportive of mission causes. We were very good Southern Baptists
in many ways.
I accepted a call later to a church in my home state, back in southeastern Tenn
essee. I did not know what the Devil had waiting for me or I would still be in K
entucky and I wouldn't be speaking at this conference. I guess that God had some
on-the-job training in store for me.
I took a county seat First Baptist Church and it all looked good on the surface.
But I remember when we drove into the center of the town and I saw the Masonic
Lodge Hall. I said to my wife, "Oh, honey, look. I hope this church is not full
of Masons."
Well! I didn't realize then what I was about to discover in the church. A few da
ys after arriving, I was in my office, and had just about finished putting my l
ibrary put up on the shelves, and I began a conversation with two church ladies
about Freemasonry. I had already realized that a number of my deacons were Ma
One of the ladies commented that her husband was a Mason, and when I indicated
that I was a bit concerned over the issue, she didn't seem angry or offended, a
nd I don't believe she was. The other lady seemed quite interested in the subjec
t and later followed up by doing some reading and some studying of her own. Both
ladies took my conversation and my comments in stride. They did not say anythin
g negative and did not seem, in any way offended by what I had said.
Some weeks following that, our denomination held its annual meeting. It was in A
tlanta this time and I went to the meeting. There to my shock, a motion was mad
e on the floor of the convention for a study to be done on Freemasonry. I was ve
ry surprised at that, already beginning to sense that Freemasonry was a possible
issue in my own church.
One of the ladies that had been in that conversation in the church office a few
weeks earlier was present and heard the motion made. I thought it was very timel
y. I returned from Atlanta to my church a few days later. On my return, I learne
d that one of the ladies in that conversation had spoken to her husband about th
e conversation. Well, you can guess which one it was, the one whose husband was
a Mason.
Now in all fairness to this lady, I don't believe she ever maliciously tried to
do me in. In fact, what I heard was that they were sitting around one night and
he just made the comment, "Honey I have a feeling Brother Dodson would have a s
trong stand against Masons."
He said it out of the blue and when he saw a funny look come over her face, he p
ulled out of her what I had said that day in the office. Why did he come to tha
t conclusion? I'm not even sure at that point that I had made any kind of even
a veiled reference to Freemasonry in my preaching.
But I had preached a two-part message on the exclusive nature of the Gospel and
that will do it every time. He was involved enough in the theology of Freemasonr
y and he was intelligent enough to see the utter contradiction between what I wa
s saying in the pulpit and what he had heard at the lodge hall. Not all Masons p
ick up that contradiction. Thank God that he did.
Unfortunately, he called his best friend who was one of the deacons. From that
moment, my tenure at this church was history. I lasted about thirty days after
that. My total time on the job was four months. This is after a fourteen year
tenure on my last call. I had at least done something right for fourteen years
at one church. It wasn't run by Masons.
There was a regularly scheduled deacons' meeting right after I came back from At
lanta. It came before I fully realized the seriousness of what was going on, but
I had a sense of foreboding before I went in to it. I didn't know if it was a p
remonition on my part or that I was really just being paranoid.
I already knew that the word was out on what I had said about Freemasonry. When
I went into that meeting, I was treated very rudely by the deacon who I had ment
ioned above, who knew what I had said about Freemasonry. I was probably the only
person present who knew the burr in his saddle.
He didn't say a word about Freemasonry in that meeting but he was very angry wit
h me because I had dared to call any question about the lodge. We somehow manage
d to get through an exhausting set of his complaints about every aspect of my pe
rformance as pastor. The following night I received an angry phone call from thi
s person who proceeded to scream at me, "I hear you call Masonry an occult organ
ization. And not to my credit, I shot back, "Yes, I did and it is."
We calmed down after that and both had prayer before we finished the phone call.
But. we were set on a collision course. As the next few days and weeks begin t
o pass, I realized that I had this tremendous problem on my hands. I was a brand
new pastor, I had no base of support there yet, not as a new pastor and I thoug
ht, "Well, this issue may be hot and it may cost me my job but I better educate
some people."
So I tried to distribute some literature clandestinely to different people. Tha
t wasn't a good idea either. In the midst of everything else, my secretary came
and revealed to me something which really drove home the serious impact of what
I was doing. A lot of my Southern Baptist brothers may have a problem with this
, but she said that she had a vision.
Now most of us Southern Baptists don't have any visions unless they had a chili
supper the night before or something like that. And this lady was definitely not
one who would be characterized as a charismatic. She said, "I had this vision
and in my vision I saw that Satan held this church in his grip. "
I thought, "Woe unto us! I am the pastor of this church and Satan holds it in hi
s grip." I knew by then that about one third of my eighteen deacons were Masons
. I didn't know until later that I had between thirty to fifty people in the con
gregation of the church who were also Masons or Eastern Star. It was in a church
of about 250 to 300 people. That's a sizable portion, folks. You can take that
vision anyway you want to, but I believe that God supplied my secretary with th
at vision and I believe that Satan does grip that church.
In that town, on the main street, there was a liquor store called Lucifer's Liq
uors. I have never seen a liquor store more apply named. So Satan was being ad
vertised in neon lights right on main street of this little small town. Of cours
e, if folks had known all the other activity that the devil had going on there,
they could have put some of those signs up other places, too.
Had I driven to the cemetery before I went to my interview at that church, I wo
uld have been enlightened. For there in the cemetery is a special section called
The Masonic Gardens, and there is laid out a miniature lodge hall right out in
the middle of the cemetery. It has a marble altar with a marble Bible on it and
then the lodge chairs, placed as they would be placed in a lodge.
I don't believe Satan just holds that particular church in his grip. His influen
ce is pervasive throughout the entire area and it will be anywhere that Freemaso
nry is as strong as it is there.
Well, a special deacons meeting was called after a piece of my literature got i
nto the wrong hands. I got a phone call one Sunday afternoon and was told that
there was a deacons meeting that night after services and the caller asked if I
knew about it. I answered, "No, I'm just the pastor, so I don't know about the d
eacons meeting tonight."
This man and I both suspected what the subject was to be. It was certainly obvio
us that they weren't going to invite me, I was to be left out.
We were to have the Lord's Supper that night. One of the deacons, at least had e
nough courage to stand up to one of the Masons and ask, "How can we take the Lor
d's Supper and turn around and have this secret meeting behind the back of our p
astor? "
Of course, you're used to secrecy if you're a Freemason. They wanted this meetin
g and they were probably going to roast me in absentia. I'm sure it wasn't in t
he plan, but one deacon invited me ten minutes before church that night and I w
alked into the meeting like I belonged there. All the deacons were standing ar
ound the room in a semi-circle. Most of the non-Mason deacons didn't know what t
hat meeting was called for, but the Masons knew.
There was an empty chair sitting out in the middle of the semicircle. I don't th
ink it was placed there for me, but I took it anyway. I just thought, "I'm taki
ng charge of this thing." I went right to the center of the room and sat in that
One of the Mason deacons did not want me to make my spiel and tried to silence m
e. One of the older non-Mason deacons did not know a hill of beans about what wa
s going on, but called his hand and let me go on with what I had to say. The mee
ting that night didn't really resolve anything. It was a very tense meeting. You
talk about an atmosphere that was heavy: that was heavy.
The following Wednesday I was informed by that non-Mason deacon that he had rece
ived a meeting notice that afternoon. Apparently, some surveying was being done
and they were lining up the votes to see if they could fire me and not let me
in church that night. Apparently, the votes were close because I was there in
church when the meeting opened.
I was going to speak that night on a subject that was part of a series I was doi
ng on Wednesday nights. I didn't know the providential hand of God was at work.
I was to speak that night on standing alone! You know, I stood there alone and
my mouth was full of cotton, but I spoke on standing alone. Well, the Wednesda
y night service passed and as I looked out over the congregation I realized they
didn't have the votes tonight.
Sunday morning I was approached by one of the Masonic deacons. He took me into t
he office, and said, "Have you reached a decision yet?" They had asked me the p
revious Sunday night, "Can you work with us?" Well, I knew the incompatibility
of Freemasonry and Christianity, especially in the leadership of the church. I k
new that basically, these Masons had two options: renounce Freemasonry or step d
own as a deacon in the church.
To the best of my knowledge, I had never articulated that, but I called him by
his name, and said, "The issue here is truth." Now listen carefully to what he r
esponded, as a deacon in a Baptist church. He said, "Well what is truth to you
is not necessarily truth to me."
Now if that had been Shirley McLaine, no big deal! But this was a Baptist deaco
n! One of my own Baptist deacons. Apparently, he too, had ingested the theology
of Freemasonry.
That afternoon, I struggled with this thing. I thought, well I'll give it thirty
days. Talk about turmoil! My wife and I had just bought our first home. We ha
dn't even paid the first house payment. I had never before felt the intense pres
sure that I was under that day. To make matters worse, there were visitors from
our former church in Kentucky down that weekend and they could see our turmoil.

It is painful for me to try to relive some of that. I can get up here today but
you do not know the pain or the anguish that we have suffered and not just throu
gh that period. Almost two years later, I'm still not a pastor.
But you see, that afternoon, I thought I would give it thirty days. Then I thoug
ht, no, I'll give it two weeks and then I said, no, I'm going to resign tonight.
I decided that I was going to fight this thing out and just go ahead and step
down. I would do it graciously, I thought, not in an ugly spirit, with no anger.
I knew there was a special program that night. I didn't know what the youth were
doing exactly, except that it was a musical. The title of the musical was THE B
based the story of a twenty-eight year old woman. The theme was " You don't und
erstand your trials when you're going through them but you have to wait to see t
he big picture. Well, I was looking for that big picture.
I sat there that night with my wife. A former Mason who had been a deputy in a l
arge city came from nearby to sit with me. The pastor's wife from the other chur
ch came to sit with my wife. The young people finished their program and I got
up and reading from a prepared text, I resigned. I never mentioned Freemasonry,
I showed no anger and I stepped down with grace. I just stated the fact that th
ere was a situation at the church that made it impossible for me to fulfill my c
alling to the ministry of the gospel.
Our house went back on the market before the first payment was made. Don't feel
sorry for us, God has taken care of us all through that period. In fact, I'm pro
bably one of the few preachers on record who has been paid longer not to be the
pastor of a church than he was paid to be the pastor. Let me tell you how God di
d that. One of the non-Mason deacons said, "I recommend we pay him full salary f
or six months." In their shame and guilt, they jumped at it.
We didn't run away. We stayed on in that community for another year and a half,
so that they couldn't sweep it up. I was a constant reminder of the sin of rebe
llion against the leadership God had given them, a leadership which they would
not heed. We Southern Baptists have a tremendous problem with recognizing autho
rity in the church. There is a tremendous spirit of rebellion in many of our chu
rches and it was certainly evident in the situation there.
About six months after I had stepped down, a man sitting in this conference cal
led me. I will never forget it. He has become a dear friend. He said his church
, in middle Tennessee, was without a pastor and he wondered if I could fill in
and do some preaching and I said, "yes, six months was a long time for a preache
r to be quiet."
The church didn't get to vote on me. I was just installed as their interim past
or. After four or five months into my stay there, the committee decided that th
ey would like to officially call me to be pastor of this church. So I thought ab
out it and finally allowed them to submit my name to the church.
Well, there were several ladies in this church who, even though this was some di
stance from where I had previously been a pastor, had grown up in that area and
words filtered down about that Anti-Masonic preacher, Dodson.
Either through their contacts or by some other means, some people in the new chu
rch began talking about what had happened to me at the previous church. Finally,
the deacons in the church where I was being considered as pastor asked me to ex
plain my stand on Freemasonry to them.
Not only did I explain my stand, but I showed them a video tape, FROM DARKNESS
TO LIGHT. Well, fools rush in! You can see I made a few judgment errors along th
e way. But not really, as far as that is concerned, I mean that is just putting
it on the line.
One of the men in that meeting was sympathetic to the Freemasons and he suppli
ed them with the information about the tape. That didn't go over too well once t
he Masons learned about it. But the membership there was much smaller than the p
revious congregation and there were no Masonic deacons at all.
But, when challenged masonry will always show its true colors. They can talk abo
ut charities and hospitals and good works all day but when you expose them as I
did, you are going to see the real god of the lodge come out from behind his ma
sk and show himself.
It was like the replaying of a bad movie. Word had gotten out that the church wa
s going to vote on my calling to be the permanent pastor and the Masons came out
to cut me off at the pass. I still think it was a tactical blunder on the Mason
s part but they decided they were going shoot me down before I could become th
e pastor. They had all their Masons there that night. Their numbers weren't grea
t and at least one of them hadn't been in the church in ages. One church member
remarked to me later, "Well, the Lord couldn't get him here but the lodge did."
Well, it was as if they had been practicing it for weeks. They got up and liter
ally stomped in unison to the front. There were people there who were actually f
rightened by them, as though something really bad was going to happen.
One of them pointed his finger at me and said, "You're the trouble maker!" I'm
sure that many times the Lord Jesus was looked upon as a trouble maker. There, i
n front of the whole church, this man shouted at me to meet with all the Masons.
I said, "I'll meet with you and I'll meet with the deacons and the pulpit comm
ittee. You and all the Masons can meet with all of us."
You know, we never had our meeting. Then, as that service closed, I had a lady
walk up to me ask me if I was in any danger. And I said, "Yes Ma'am, I sure coul
d be." Believe me folks, Ed Decker has certainly proved that there are dangers i
nvolved. The history of Freemasonry is fraught with examples of violence, howeve
r, they might deny it. I still believe that as this issue continues to rise to
the surface and is openly dealt with there will be many acts of violence. Yes,
even in our day against some who dare to stand against Freemasonry.
Even after a campaign of character assassination had been conducted and phone ca
lls made to members of the congregation, the Masons still could not get enough v
otes against me. They did get a large number because many people were intimidat
ed by these fellows. But, when push came to shove, I won the vote. It was obviou
sly not a good vote and I wrestled with that. I prayed and agonized over that,
struggling with it, and finally believed that it was not God's will that I take
it. I declined the call of the church.
The next day one of the Masons had already taken my name off the signboard of t
he church thinking I was gone. But I only declined the call of permanent pastor,
I was still there. They had to live with me for another two or three months. An
d I know that must have killed them. But I stayed around until the church call
ed a full time pastor and then I stepped down.
As I finish my remarks, I want to use this occasion to call leaders of the Sout
hern Baptist church to take a stand for Jesus Christ. Brothers, you know that Fr
eemasonry is not of God. How can the Holy Spirit of God operate in a church that
is controlled unrighteously by Masons? Love Christ enough and love your fellow
man enough to take a stand.
There are very few who have suffered at their hands like I have. Yet, I love the
se men, I do not hate them. I want to conduct myself in a spirit of love with th
em. But I call upon my denominational leaders to renounce the lodge, this cancer
ous Trojan Horse that stands within our gates..
Our denomination has been locked in a battle for the last few years over the con
servatives vs. liberals, or the moderates as they have been labeled in our denom
ination. I have learned something the last two years. And I hope this falls into
the hands of some of my conservative brethren in my denomination. I want to kno
w which is worse: a liberal who doesn't know what to believe or a conservative w
ho doesn't have the guts to stand up for what is God's truth.
It is so tragic. There are many Southern Baptists who know that there is an in
compatibility between Freemasonry and Christianity. But they won't do anything a
bout it because it isn't politically wise. Something must be done. This is a str
onghold in our denomination. Yes, it may cost us some members; so be it! It may
cost us some money; fine!
I believe in a sovereign All Mighty God who could supply us with more members to
take their place and more money to fulfill our needs, if we'll just stand up fo
r Him. Maybe, we might even see the return of the Holy Spirit to our churches. W
e may even see revival come. Just imagine what could happen if we put away the i
dols and sold out to the Lord. What a day of rejoicing it would be!

The Public School Connection
Tom McKenney
P.O. Box 413
Marion, KY 42064
Why Are Freemasonry, the New Age and Mormonism
So Determined To Promote Public Schools while
Resisting Christian Schools, Private Academies
and Home schooling?

The Masonic Commitment.

In my earliest studies of Freemasonry, I noticed a curious thing: one of its pri
ncipal public policies is to promote and defend the public school system.[1] No
t just schools, but public schools. I wondered about it, but decided that it mus
t be just a public relations gimmick, something to make the Masonic Lodge system
look wholesome, respectable and safe, along with its similar public policy of g
iving lip service to patriotism.
After all, who could find fault with being in support of children and their chan
ce to be educated, to have doors of opportunity opened for them? As a result of
Masonry's consistent, ongoing public relations efforts in this regard the public
, when thinking of what Masonry stands for, thinks of that dedicated teacher wit
h an apple on her desk, Old Glory hanging on the wall, God Bless America painted
over the door and a room full of happy, growing children, feasting on knowledge
Good PR, I thought, and left it at that. Later on in my studies of Freemasonry,
I learned that support of public schools is also a matter of emphasis in the Ord
er of DeMolay. In this prep school for the Lodge, the Masonic order for boys not
yet 21 (the minimum age for joining the Lodge itself), the DeMolay boys in thei
r black, hooded, Dracula style robes, declare in the opening ceremony of their l
odge, their support of the public schools exclusively.[2]
Interesting, I thought, there is that public school angle again. And they must
say, "exclusively". This made me think that there must be more to Freemasonry's
support of public schools than merely a matter of shallow public image building;
but I still had no idea of the motive, or the depth of their commitment.
Freemasonry And the New Age.
Still later in my Masonic studies, a friend called my attention to the fact that
the late Alice Bailey, most revered of New Age writers, had made an interesting
statement in her book, EXTERNALIZATION OF THE HIERARCHY. [3] She wrote that th
ere were three main channels by means of which the American people will be prepa
red to receive and accept the New Age messiah, Lord Maitraya.
These three channels, she wrote, would be the traditional religious system (whic
h translates to the dead church system), Freemasonry and the Public Schools. My
mind seized upon the Freemasonry part because it was such an important bit of ev
idence tying Masonry to the New Age and its neo-pagan revival.
The dead church angle made sense immediately. It is common knowledge that more a
nd more traditional churches and their educational institutions, having long sin
ce abandoned the experiential reality of the Christian faith and belief in the B
ible, and are dabbling in the New Age (or converting outright). For example, not
long ago there was a ripple in the news about a witchcraft seminar conducted by
the theological seminary of Southern Methodist University in which a Neo-pagan
instructor built an altar to the goddess Diana and had the students offer sacrif
ices to her.
Such dabbling of the dead church system in the New Age was not news to me; once
the unchanging standard of Holy Scripture is first doubted and then abandoned, s
uch occult drifting is entirely predictable. But here again was the public schoo
ls thing.
Interesting, I again thought. But I just assumed that she meant something subtle
like slipping a little occult poison into otherwise wholesome textbooks and mat
erials. My attention was focused on the Freemasonry aspect of her statement, for
that was what was on my mind. I had still not realized the fundamental importan
ce to these groups of keeping children in the public schools, and the consequent
threat to them represented by Christian schools, private academies and home sch
Alice Bailey had much, much more in mind than just mixing a little of the occult
in with essentially traditional books and materials; but I failed even to suspe
ct it I had not yet seen the public school connection.
Mormonism. Too.
Then, recently, a copy of a secret Mormon document, a handout at a leadership co
nference in Utah, shed more light on the subject. [4] The subject of the confere
nce was troublemakers within Mormonism, those who might cause problems by thinki
ng independently rather than blindly following the ever-changing, and many contr
adictory pronouncements and positions of the Mormon hierarchy, the leadership el
There were 20 warning signs the leaders were told to watch for. Number 1 on the
list was "They follow the practice of home schooling." Since, for Mormons, Chri
stian schools are not an option, this translates in most cases to "They will not
keep their children in public schools."
Since Mormonism cannot be truly separated from Freemasonry, and since neither ca
n be separated from the New Age, this rang a very loud bell! Mormonism is also c
ommitted to public schools! But why? I had still not seen the public school conn
The Public Education Reform Movement.
Three years ago, public school reform hit Kentucky like a great tidal wave. Bef
ore the citizens of the Commonwealth had any idea of what was happening, let alo
ne what it meant, they were overwhelmed. Their historic public school system, wi
th its local control in the form of elected members of the local school board, w
as gone. The public school program, its goals and methods, had been radicalized,
and control belonged to the State.
My wife, suspicious from the start of the promotional materials produced by the
State, began to ask questions; the answers were disturbing. Similarly, my very f
irst exposure to the State's program set off alarms in me. With no knowledge of
all this, and with absolutely no preconceived ideas, I didn't like the sound of
a State-sponsored radio promotional spot about the new program. It quoted
an old African proverb to the effect that "It takes a whole village to raise a c
I thought., " this sounds anti-family and unscriptural to me . . . it is saying
that the parents, the family alone, can't be trusted with the rearing of the chi
ld, and that we need the State's help."
I thought, "Since when do we need to regulate American social and educational in
stitutions on the basis of African proverbs?"

With every question, every discovery, the reform

program was revealed as un-American, unscriptural and anti-traditional in its g
oals and practices. There was a great deal more there than the public had been t
old, and it all looked bad. Once again, the education bureaucrats were reinventi
ng the wheel and, as usual, it wasn't round. But this was much worse; this time
they were after total revision of our values, our social and political system; t
hey were after the surrender of our personal freedom and privacy in the guise of
concern for child welfare. George Orwell's 'Big Brother' had arrived, and most
of us didn't even know he was coming!
Kentucky Has Become the Showpiece.
For the radical social manipulators, Kentucky had become the focus, the chosen b
attleground for their breakthrough, and they had concentrated all the weapons th
ey had in the assault. There had been several years of low-profile planning sess
ions and an advertising campaign that presented right-sounding goals.
The total effect of the promotion was deceptive and dishonest, and most citizens
were completely unaware of the impending changes. Those who were at all aware o
f it generally believed that it was merely a program to improve academics, to ra
ise standards of student performance, to improve literacy and get back to basics
Nothing could have been farther from the truth! In fact, its true purposes were
exactly the opposite. When D Day came, the members of the legislature were pres
ented with a 900 page bill, the KENTUCKY EDUCATION REFORM ACT (KERA), 9 days bef
ore the vote.
As a result of intense lobbying, even more intense political arm-twisting, and r
ecord-breaking sums of money from the pork barrel, most of them voted for the bi
ll without even reading it. KERA became the law in Kentucky, the traditional ed
ucation system was history, local control was gone, Big Brother had arrived, an
d most Kentuckians, including the legislators, didn't even know it.
The New World Order Agenda.
The minds, money and political power behind the movement to overhaul Kentucky's
(and all other states') public schools are the same ones behind the overall push
toward the New World Order, with its One-World, socialist government and its On
e-World, New Age religion.
As a result of secret planning and collusion by governors of key states, princip
ally Bill Clinton [then] of Arkansas, Wallace Wilkinson of Kentucky, Lamar Alexa
nder of Tennessee, Jim Hunt of North Carolina and Thomas Kean of New Jersey, the
push is now on to get all state legislatures to enact the program.
The real power behind the movement is, and has been for a century, the Carnegie
Foundation. Working with it are the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation
and the teachers' unions ( the NEA [National Education Association] and the AFT
[American Federation of Teachers]). The primary training grounds for education a
ctivist have been colleges of education in left-leaning universities, particular
ly Teachers' College of Columbia University.
Key leaders and doctrinal idols have included such as John Dewey, father of mode
rn education and author of THE HUMANIST MANIFESTO, George Counts, associate of J
ohn Dewey at Columbia and author of Dare the Schools Create a New Social Order?,
New Age prophetess Alice Bailey, Marilyn Ferguson, author of THE AQUARIAN CONSP
and globalist educators Robert Muller and Dorothy J. Maver.
Behind it all, thinly concealed, can be found the leaders of the Council on Fore
ign Relations with its international bankers and global manipulators, the very s
ame people who control the key tax-exempt foundations. Many of these men are Fre
emasons; many are humanists. Not one is known to be an evangelical Christian.
These immensely powerful men (and women) really do believe that they alone know
what is best for the World and that it is only right that they and their friends
, the cultural elite, should rule the World. And they intend to rule the World,
using the machinery of the United Nations.
Cooperating happily are the major news media, controlled by the some people, pro
gressively molding public perceptions. The only real obstacle to their plan is t
hat most Americans don't want to give up American independence, cancel the Const
itution, abolish the Bible and accept rule by a God-rejecting, World socialist d
ictatorship which will tell them what to do and what to think, monitoring and re
cording everything they say and do. The American people aren't fools.
In order for these Socialist manipulators to have any hope of success in bringin
g to pass their goals of global control, they must somehow eliminate traditional
values and independent thinking in the general population and replace them with
the ideals of global socialistic dictatorship. God, family and country must som
ehow be replaced by New Age paganism, state control of children, and the global
These dreamers and schemers have known from the beginning that their goals could
not be reached quickly, that it would take several generations to gradually wea
ken traditional values and then replace them. They have been patient, taking ple
asure in their gradual progress; however, it appears that they are now mobilizin
g for the final assault, and they smell victory.
These education reform programs have been introduced in bits and pieces for over
a century, creating and promoting educational fads, rewriting history, discredi
ting the wisdom of the founding fathers and picking away at our foundational bel
iefs and national sovereignty. But now they intend to bring it all together by t
he year 2000. All the big guns have been rolled out, all their resources are be
ing mobilized and the final push is on, nationwide. Their program is law, or is
becoming law, in the several states.
Quietly, powerfully, and contrary to the Constitution, it is also moving through
the U.S. Congress as proposed legislation for the entire nation in both the Hou
se and Senate. On the day of this writing, in late 1993, in the House it is call
ed Parents as Teachers; in the Senate the Bush Administration's "America 2,000"
program is now called "Goals 2,000."
The School Reform Program in Summary.
Under the reform program the public schools would teach globalism, denounce nat
ional sovereignty, reject absolute standards of right and wrong, de-emphasize sc
holastic achievement and emphasize right attitudes (e.g. accepting all lifestyle
s, and occult, New Age, religions as normal and good). Individual thinking and a
chievement will be out; group thinking and cooperative living will be in.
The teacher will no longer teach, becoming merely a facilitator, allowing the ch
ildren to decide what they will do and how they will do it. Traditional classroo
ms and grade levels will be abolished, from preschool through high school. all c
hildren will be considered mentally ill at the outset and all will undergo psych
otherapy; there will be a mental health clinic in each school. Traditional achi
evement tests, to measure academic knowledge, will be replaced by assessment tes
ts which will evaluate attitudes and beliefs.
Extensive computerized records (portfolios) will be kept on each child's attitud
es and beliefs, along with snooping
files on the beliefs and attitudes of their parents and teachers. A social work
er will be assigned to each child at birth, will bond with him, teach the parent
s how to rear the child and will closely observe the child in the home, to watch
for any wrong beliefs or actions by parents. Disciplining of the child will no
t be tolerated. Parents with old fashioned
ideas of right and wrong, Bible beliefs, etc. can have their children taken awa
y by the State on the basis of emotional child abuse (spanking) in the home.
In the name of freeing the children to think for themselves, they will instead b
e indoctrinated with darkness and confusion, controlled by the State. Their pare
nts, if they attempt to train them up in the way they should go, to rear them in
the nurture and admonition of the Lord. will be made criminals.
Aside from the unscriptural, un-American nature of all this, none of it has ever
been tested, yet alone demonstrated to be an improvement. The enormous cost, of
course, will be borne by the parents. As they have their children and their fam
ily lives taken away from them, they will at the same time have to assume the cr
ushing tax burden necessary to pay for it all. Education bureaucrats, social wor
kers, mental health clinics and huge computerized record systems don't come chea
Finally, It All Made Sense.
Once I saw that the same people behind the New World Order and its New Age occul
t religion are, and have been all along, behind the current movement to radical
ize the public schools, it all made sense. I saw that the only hope they could e
ver have to cause Americans to accept their radical Socialist dictatorship would
be to control the education and values of at least one generation of children,
having eliminated the influence of parents and their traditional values.
An entire generation, indoctrinated, watched and controlled by them, is what the
y must have in order to succeed. This is why they have been infiltrating the pub
lic schools for so long, and this is why they oppose Christian schools, private
academies and home schooling. If the children aren't in the public school system
they can't be indoctrinated and controlled. It's just that simple.
The Public School Connection.
This, then, is the public school connection. This is why Freemasonry with its Ne
w Age vision for a one-World religion of neo-pagan nature worship promotes publi
c schools exclusively
This is what New Age prophetess Alice Bailey clearly saw. This is what Mormon le
aders, with their Masonic roots and affiliation, and their New Age vision for a
one-World theocracy, clearly see. This, dear friend of truth, is the public scho
ol connection. I may be wrong; but if there is a better explanation, I haven't f
ound it.
I Couldn't Have Summarized It Better!
In the September, 1950 issue of New Age magazine, that most influential and pres
tigious of Masonic journals, all this was summarized perfectly. In his article,
"God's Plan in America, C. William Smith wrote the following:
"As stated before, God's Plan in America is a nonsectarian plan. Our Constitutio
n is nonsectarian. Our great American Public Schools . . . God's chosen schools
. . . are nonsectarian. The Great Spirit behind this great nation is nonsectaria
n. Our great American Public Schools have never taken away from any child the fr
eedom of will, freedom of spirit or freedom of mind. That is the divine reason t
hat Great God our King has chosen the Great American Public Schools to pave the
way for the new race, the new religion and the new civilization that is taking p
lace in America.
Any mother, father or guardian who is responsible for the taking away of freedom
of mind, freedom of will or freedom of spirit is the lowest criminal on this ea
rth, because they take away from that child the God-given right to become a part
of God's great plan in America for the dawn of the New Age of the world."
What could be more plain? What more could be said to convince you?

1. Why Public Schools?, Henry C. Clausen , 33 degree, The Supreme Council, 33 de
gree (Mother Council of the World), Washington, DC, 1979
2. HRT Ministries Newsletter, 3rd Quarter 1990, Newtonville, NY. Interview with
Harmon R. Taylor, Past Grand Chaplain, Grand Lodge of New York, 5 June 1993.
3. Bailey, Alice A.: The Externalization of the Hierarchy, Lucis Press, 1957.
Letter from Tara Center, North Hollywood, California (Marilyn Wilzbach) dtd 9 Ju
ly 1987 to Kieth Harris (Omega Pub), Marion, KY.
4. Handout: Profile of the splinter Group Members or Others with Troublesome
Ideologies, southern Utah Leadership Conference (LDS) on Dealing with Apostate a
nd Splinter Groups.

by Dick Smith
681 Stratford Drive
DeLand, Fl 32724
As she watched the flickering candle, she felt herself becoming one with the fla
me. Suddenly, across the spring in the darkened cavern, she saw David surrounded
by shimmering lights. Even more amazing were the vibrating auras she saw dancin
g around the vegetation on the shore of the underground grotto.
All at once she felt herself leaving her body! She floated through the top of t
he cave and swept up through the clouds and on beyond the earth itself to the mo
on. Trailing behind her she saw a thin silver cord. On past the moon she went, a
nd on the other side, far out in the darkness of space, she saw a nebula. She wo
ndered if her silver cord would reach that far; and with that limiting thought,
she felt herself begin traveling back down to earth and on back into her body.
As I viewed Shirley MacLaine's graphic portrayal of her first occult out-of-body
experience, I was truly sickened at heart. I knew millions of others were also
watching that January night back in 1987 as ABC broadcast the second of a two-pa
rt mini-series based on the famous movie star's book Out on a Limb.
Uncounted thousands were being suckered into the New Age by this slick recruitin
g effort orchestrated by the PR firm of Lucifer and Associates. A few minutes ea
rlier, they had seen her guru, David Manning, driving his truck down a dark moun
tain road near Machu Picchu in the Andes. As they careened down the narrow, wind
ing road, David's eyes had been closed and his hands off the wheel!
He later explained to a shaken Shirley that Mayan, his out-of-this-world girl fr
iend--a Visitor who had arrived on Flying Saucer Express from the distant star c
luster of the Pleiades--had been driving the truck through remote control using
the "God Energy."
Who can forget the earlier, pathetic scene which shows Shirley and David standin
g on the shore of the Pacific shouting at the waves "I am God!" David finally c
onfesses to Shirley that several months previously Mayan had commissioned him to
recruit Shirley as a spokesperson for the "truths" she was learning about the N
ew Age and the occult. As a world-famous movie star, Shirley's influence would b
e of immense value to The Plan of the "Masters of Wisdom."
What this plan is really designed to accomplish was certainly not revealed that
night. Nor was it revealed in Shirley's book. But the demons behind it have reve
aled parts of their plan to others in the New Age. A plan to establish a New Wor
ld Government and a New Age World Religion. It will be, as we'll see, the Kingdo
m of the Anti-Christ and Freemasonry will be at it's core.
On page 861 of Morals and Dogma of The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Fre
emasonry, "prepared for the Supreme Council of the Thirty-third Degree, for the
Southern Jurisdiction of the United States, and Published by its Authority " in
1871, Albert Pike, Masonry's most distinguished authority, concludes his lengthy
and authoritative work with these words:
"The Royal Secret, of which you are a Prince, if you are a true adept... is that
which the Sohar [a book of the Kabalah] terms The Mystery of the Balance. It is
the Secret of the Universal Equilibrium....Such, my Brother, is the True Word o
f a Master Mason; such the true Royal Secret, which makes possible, and shall at
length make real, the Holy Empire of true Masonic Brotherhood." [Albert Pike,
p.861, Morals and Dogma; L.H. Jenkins, Inc., Richmond, Va., 1924].
This statement discloses the ultimate goal of Masonry: to establish what Pike ca
lls a "Holy Empire." This "empire" is to be a one-world government; it will be
"holy" because it will be ruled by the Princes of the New Age World religion. Th
is New World Order, Pike says, will be the "true Masonic Brotherhood."
Manley P. Hall, 33°, was called "Masonry's Greatest Philosopher," according t
o his obituary carried in the 33rd Degree Council 's publication, The Scottish R
ite Journal, in November 1990. "Illustrious Manley Palmer Hall," as they calle
d him, "received the Scottish Rite's highest honor, the Grand Cross, in 1985 bec
ause of his exceptional contributions to Freemasonry..." they wrote.
In Hall's book Lectures on Ancient Philosophy, published in 1929, Hall indicat
es that he, like Pike, sees the "philosophic Elect" of Freemasonry as the futur
e rulers of a new world Empire. He states that Masonry has yet a "great work" to
do: that of ringing in the New Age, a "more glorious day," which is at hand. He
says a "new day is dawning for Freemasonry." Men are now turning away from "th
e insufficiency of theology and the hopelessness of materialism" and "in this ne
w era wherein the old order is breaking down," men are finally turning to seek "
the God of philosophy."
This will ring in the rule of "the philosophic elect," and result in the reorgan
ization of society, undoubtedly along Masonic lines. He adds:
"By thus doing his part in the reorganization of society, the workman may earn h
is `wages' as all good Masons should. A new light is breaking in the East, a mor
e glorious day is at hand. The rule of the philosophic elect-- the dream of the
ages-- will yet be realized and is not far distant. To her loyal sons, Freemason
ry sends this clarion call: `Arise ye, the day of labor is at hand; the Great Wo
rk awaits completion...' [They are] the Master Craftsmen of the universe!" [Manl
ey P. Hall, p. 417, Lectures on Ancient Philosophy; The Hall Publishing Co., Lo
s Angeles, 1929].
While I've never been a Mason, until 1976 I was involved in the same occult phil
osophy, or Secret Doctrine, which lies at the root of both Freemasonry and the N
ew Age Movement. I had long been aware of the occult nature of Masonry. But bac
k in 1987, while doing extensive research into the works of New Agers and other
occultists for an article on the New Age Movement, I was struck by their frequen
t statements about Masonry.
As we look at how Freemasonry is to help restore the occult Mystery Religions an
d Initiation ceremonies of ancient times, keep in mind that nearly all those in
Masonry and the New Age Movement are involved for what they think are good motiv
es. Unfortunately, they are being deceived by one "who appears, as it were, as a
n angel of light."
But is there really a connection between Freemasonry and the New Age Movement, a
s we claim? If so, what is this connection? What are the characteristics of the
coming New Age World Religion? Is Masonry really based on occult, mystic rites
of ancient, pagan Mystery Religions? What role is Freemasonry to play in the un
veiling of the New Age World System? To answer these questions, we'll look to
the authorities of both Masonry and the New Age Movement.
Alice A. Bailey is well known to anyone who has even only a slight knowledge of
the New Age Movement. She has been called "The New Age Queen." Indeed, she is t
he key figure this century in disclosing details of The Plan to institute on ear
th the rule of the so-called "Masters of Wisdom."
Details of this plan were unveiled to Helena Petrovena Blavatsky who wrote ISIS
UNVEILED and THE SECRET DOCTRINE in the latter part of the last century. H.P.B.,
as she's called for short- -for obvious reasons--also founded the Theosophical
Society. These books were supposedly "transmitted" to her by mental telepathy fr
om one of the "Masters of Wisdom" of the Great White Brotherhood, Djwhal Khul, o
r "DK". This is the same demon--masquerading as a "Master"-- who gave Alice A. B
ailey her revelations in this century. (We'll learn more about H.P.B and DK shor
As the recipient of DK's telepathic transmissions in the first half of this cen
tury, Alice Bailey wrote many books on a variety of occult topics relating to th
e unfolding of The Plan.
A key part of this plan calls for establishing a New World Religion which is to
be based on the Mystery Religions of Ancient Babylon, Egypt, Greece, Rome and ot
her pagan nations of the past. Alice A. Bailey explains for us their origin and
"These ancient mysteries were originally given to humanity by the Hierarchy, and
were--in their turn--received by the Hierarchy from the Great White Lodge on Si
rius. They contain the clue to the evolutionary process, hidden in number and wo
rds ...they veil the secret of man's origin and destiny." [Alice A. Bailey, p.
330, THE RAYS AND THE INITIATIONS; Lucis Publishing Co., New York, 1955; excerp
ted in a compilation of selections from her works, PONDER ON THIS, p. 15; Lucis,
etc., 1980].
We'll look at the New Age concepts of "the Hierarchy" and, yes, you read it righ
t--a Masonic Lodge on the star Sirius-- shortly. But first, let's get a better u
nderstanding of something that will play a major role in the coming New Age Wor
ld Religion and, therefore, in the following pages--the "Mysteries," or "Mystery
religions." Mystery Religions are defined by The New Columbia Encyclopedia lik
e this:
"In Greek and Roman religion, some important secret cults. ...Although the mysti
c rites were kept secret, it was known that they required elaborate initiations,
including... accepting occult knowledge, and acting out a sacred drama... Since
the mystery deities were associated primarily with fertility, many scholars bel
ieve that these cults were based on unrecorded primitive fertility rites." [THE
NEW COLUMBIA ENCYCLOPEDIA, Columbia University Press, New York and London, 4th
ed., 1975].
Of course, Satan's true goal regarding what Bailey has hinted at as man's "desti
ny" is to enslave him in his one world religion and his visible, or "externalize
d," kingdom on the earth, which will restore to mankind these Mysteries, includi
ng their "sacred drama."
To some, talking about Satan as if he actually existed is a sign of mental retar
dation. But New Agers who write about visitors from space and Masonic Lodges on
Sirius are not psychos, but are among the world's elite. People such as H.G. Wel
ls, Buckminister Fuller, Norman Cousins, Dr. Carlos Romulo, Theodore M. Hesburgh
, John Denver, Robert Heilbroner, Alvin Toffler, Mohandas Gandhi, U. Thant, Rob
ert Mueller, and Shirley MacLaine are not (or, were not) exactly street people.
Their strange beliefs put them in agreement with hundreds of millions of others
in the Eastern religions of the world.
These New Agers believe that Man is about to experience a new step in evolution.
As a new, "higher" life form, He will need a new religious system in which to e
xpress this next stage on His way to Godhood. To accomplish this, Eastern and We
stern religions are converging, they believe, and a new one world religion (a sy
nthesis of the two systems) is just over the horizon. This new religion will be
based on the mysticism of the great Eastern religions.
But New Agers aren't the only ones promoting this concept! So are top Freemason
s! Henry Clausen, former Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council, 33°
, Mother Council of World Freemasonry, is one who also has proclaimed this idea.
In EMERGENCE OF THE MYSTICAL, written while he was the highest Mason in the lan
d, he talks about the coming New Age and its relationship with the mysticism of
Eastern religions. He states:
"Today we are at the threshold of a new era. All signs point to this fact... We
look toward a transformation into a New Age using, however, the insight and wisd
om of the ancient mystic. This new world view is emerging because there has been
a recent correlation between modern physics and the mysticism of Eastern religi
ons." [Henry C. Clausen, Emergence of the Mystical; The Supreme Council 33rd D
egree, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction,
U.S.A. ; Copyright 1981 by The Supreme Council , Mother Council of the World].
Before continuing, let's make sure we understand exactly what this term "mystici
sm" means. According to The New Columbia Encyclopedia, Mysticism is "The practic
e of... magic, occultism, or the esoteric...included in the mystic tradition wer
e the Hermetic philosophers and the Alchemists." A Mystic is "one who practices
mysticism, i.e., magic, occultism, witchcraft."
Now go back and re-read Clausen's statement, perhaps now with a little more enli
ghtenment. Keep these definitions in mind. You'll encounter them constantly in N
ew Age and Masonic writings. It is not surprising to find high initiates-- the p
rinces and adepts-- of Freemasonry promoting New Age ideas. Indeed, New Age auth
orities refer frequently to Freemasonry and its role down through the centuries
in preserving the occult Mystery Religions of ancient days and so do the leaders
of Freemasonry.
The revival of this "ol' time religion" is, of course, being touted as a "rel
igion for a New Age." But it has an old familiar ring-- or should we say "smell
"-- to it. The smell of sulfur!
This "new" religion is in fact as old as the Garden of Eden, where Satan brought
about the fall of man. It flowered at Babylon, bloomed in Egypt with the sun go
d Osiris and the moon goddess Isis, and is alive today in the Hindu religion, ot
her Eastern religions, and Western religions such as Unity, Christian Science,
Unitarianism, New Thought, Spiritualism, and Mormonism. At also lives on in the
Lodges, Dogma and Rites of Freemasonry.
I'm sure very few new Masons have realized that they were being initiated into a
n organization which--in spite of its recent public relations pronouncements to
the contrary--considers itself the present day embodiment of these Mystery Relig
ions. But that this is the case is attested to by numerous New Agers and Masonic
scholars, including Alice A. Bailey's husband, Foster, a 33rd Degree Mason:
"Masonry is the descendent of, or is founded upon, a divinely imparted religion
which long antedates the prime date of creation as given in our Bible. [It] is a
ll that remains to us of the first world religion which flourished in an antiqui
ty so old that it is impossible to affix a date. It was the first unified world
religion... To this, such symbols as the pyramids, both in Egypt and South Ameri
ca, bear witness... the ancient Mysteries were temporary custodians of the ancie
nt truth and closely allied to the Masonic work of today...The relation of the M
ysteries to Masonry has oft been recognized, and the golden thread of living con
tinuity can be traced through them to modern Masonry. The Mysteries... are all p
arts of that ancient thread which has its origin in that primeval religion which
terminates today in Masonry." [Foster Bailey, 33° , pp. 30-32 , THE SPIRIT OF
MASONRY; Lucis Press Ltd; Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England; 1957].
"Masonry is regarded as the direct descendant, or as a survival of the mysteries
... of Isis and Osiris in Egypt..." [Robert Freke Gould, Past Senior Grand Deaco
n of England, Vol. 1, p. 13, HISTORY OF FREEMASONRY; New York, 1884].
"The signs, symbols and inscriptions date from...the Sumerian civilizations...Ch
aldea [Babylon], Assyria, Greece, Rome and even in Mexico and Yucatan...some rit
es of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of our Mother Jurisdiction have been in e
xistence from time immemorial. For we teach the same grand truths, the same subl
ime philosophies... as those adepts of the ancient mysteries taught in their eso
teric rites." [Henry C. Clausen, 33°, Sovereign Grand Commander, The Supreme Co
uncil 33°, A&ARFM, Mother Jurisdiction of the World, pp. 5-7, MESSAGES FOR A M
ISSION, 1971].
Note that Clausen, when he was the highest Mason in the land, stated unequivocal
ly that "we teach the same grand truths, the same sublime thos
e adepts of the ancient mysteries taught in their esoteric rites."
The New Age Movement and Masonry are, in my opinion, the major vehicles Lucifer
is using to bring about his externalized kingdom on earth, which will be a reviv
al of the Mystery Religions of Babylon and other ancient nations.
These occult doctrines of Mystery Babylon can be traced back to the period after
the flood when Babylon's first king, Nimrod, and his queen, Semiramis, establis
hed the Mystery Religion that spread into Persia, Egypt, Greece, and other natio
ns which set up secret brotherhoods of initiated magicians and Priests.
They worshiped the sun and the moon as the universal principles of generation. T
he sun was the Male, or Active principle, and the moon the Female, or Passive pr
inciple. These were symbolized by the sexual organs of the male and female--and
their sexual union. This pagan phallic worship was central to the universal reli
gion practiced by virtually all mankind in ancient days.
As part of the initiation rites for their temple worship, all these nations cele
brated a common mystery drama, perhaps with different names and stories, but wit
h a similar plot.
This drama told about the death of an individual (who represented the sun) at th
e hands of three ruffians (the three winter months); the cutting into parts of t
he body and the dispersion of these body parts; the search by the wife (represen
ting the moon) who found all the parts except the phallus; her substituting a wo
oden phallus for the lost one; and his (the sun's) resurrection at the vernal eq
This story--the Isis legend--was part of the general religion practiced by manki
nd in ancient days; a pagan, nature religion--the worship of the sun, moon and s
tarry hosts. According to the highest Masonic authorities, this is the same sto
ry preserved down to this day in the symbols and rites of Freemasonry!
The plot of the Masonic version is part of the initiation ceremony for the Third
, or Master Mason, Degree. It involves the supposed death of Hiram Abiff--who is
said to have built Solomon's Temple--at the hands of three ruffians; a search f
or his body; the loss of a "secret word;" and the substitution of a new word for
the "lost" one. This new word is an amalgamation of the names of three sun gods
, and thus relates to the active (or male) principle, i.e., the phallus. At the
climax of the Drama, Hiram is resurrected to new life.
The New Age Movement seeks to restore to all mankind this mystery play along wit
h the process of Initiation. Initiation into a New Age. A Luciferic Initiation w
hich will, they say, take place in Masonic temples as part of the New Age World
Religion, which will restore the ancient Mysteries.
Today, according to Freemasonry's most distinguished authorities, the occult sec
rets of these Mystery Religions are embedded in the symbols and rites of Freemas
onry. If this is true, it follows that Freemasonry, itself, must be a religion.
If Freemasonry is a religion, what kind of religion is it?
Chief among Freemasonry's distinguished authorities is Albert Pike. Before looki
ng at what Pike said about this, we should point out that, despite what Masonic
leaders claim today-- that Pike is just one of many Masonic writers of the past
and deserves no special attention--the truth is that Pike was and is Scottish Ri
te Masonry's highest authority. The word authority is based on the word autho an
d Pike is the one who authored the Scottish Rite as practiced today.
Joseph Fort Newton, one of this centuries' most noted Masonic authorities, in hi
s book, THE BUILDERS, captions a full page picture of Pike with these words:
"Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council, 33° , Ancient and Accepted S
cottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A. from 1859 to his death in 1891. He r
ecast the old Scottish Rite rituals and brought them to their present state of b
eauty and perfection." [Joseph Fort Newton, THE BUILDERS; Macoy Publishing and
Supply Co., Inc., Richmond, Va., 1944].

Note that he states Pike brought the rituals "to their present state of...perfec
tion." In addition, Pike was an honorary member of virtually every Grand Lodge
on earth. He is the only Masonic authority to be given the honor of being entomb
ed in the House of the Temple in Washington, D.C. Manly P. Hall, in his book, L
ECTURES ON ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY, quotes another high ranking Mason who eulogized P
"To Pike the following remarkable tribute was paid by Sterling Kerr, Jr., 330, D
eputy for the Inspector-General for the District of Columbia, upon crowning with
laurel the bust of Pike in the House of the Temple: `Pike was an oracle greate
r than that of Delphi. He was Truth's minister and priest. His victories were th
ose of peace. Long may his memory live in the hearts of the Brethren.'"
Then Hall adds some high praise of his own, stating that Pike was single-handedl
y responsible for making Freemasonry the most powerful organization in America:
"Affectionately termed `Albertus Magnus' by his admirers, Pike wrote of Hermetic
sm and alchemy and hinted at the Mysteries of the Temple. Through his zeal and u
nflagging energy, American Freemasonry was raised from comparative obscurity to
become the most powerful organization in the land." [Hall, p. 414].
So much for the claim that Albert Pike's works are not really authoritative! I'
ll state it again: Pike is the authority on the Scottish Rite: he's the one wh
o wrote it! He also wrote the book containing the philosophy which underlies th
e Scottish Rite, Morals and Dogma.
What did Albert Pike say about Masonry as a religion? This is an important qu
estion. Since we are saying that Freemasonry is to be at the core of the New Age
World religion, it's obvious that Freemasonry, itself, must be clearly seen to
be a religion.
But the claim is being made repeatedly today by the 33rd Degree Council that Fre
emasonry is not a religion. But could we expect to get the truth about these ma
tters from any Mason? For every Mason has sworn upon penalty of his own death n
ot to reveal secrets of the order to anyone who is "not entitled to them." To d
o so would bring upon this Mason a death sentence according to his own sworn oat
Indeed, most Masons will loudly deny their Brotherhood is a religion. This is es
pecially true of Masons who profess to be Christians. To settle this question, l
et's look at what Masonry's highest authorities state about this issue.
and Commander and Prince Adept Albert Pike clearly identifies Freemasonry as an
occult religion, the universal religion of all mankind since the beginning of ti
me. He says, "Every Masonic Lodge is a temple of religion; and its teachings are
instructions in religion." [Pike, p. 213].
Before looking at what else Pike had to say about Masonry as a religion, let's e
stablish the authority of another of these men, Albert G. Mackey. Frequently whe
n we quote figures such as Pike and Mackey, some Masons respond with something l
ike: "Well, that's just their opinion. Anyway, I never heard of these guys befo
After a recent appearance on a 90 minute radio call-in show in Orlando, for exam
ple, I had about 40 calls after the show, many from Masons. One of them wanted t
o know where I got all the information I was quoting. I told him from Albert G.
Mackey and Albert Pike, and asked him if he'd ever heard of them. He said he tho
ught he'd heard of Mackey, but didn't recognize Pike's name. After I mentioned t
hat Pike had written Morals and Dogma, he suddenly remembered that he had the bo
ok, but "it's put away somewhere. It'd take a year to read that thing!" Another
Mason called and stated, "I'm probably the only man alive who has read Pike thro
ugh twice."
But these two Masonic writers, over the past 100 years, have been the major auth
orities recognized worldwide by Freemasonry. However, today many rank and file M
asons say they've never heard of Albert Pike or Albert G. Mackey.
The typical Mason, if he reads any Masonic materials at all, gets much of his in
formation about Masonry from a section in his Masonic Bible containing questions
and answers on Masonry. This typical Mason never bothers looking further into w
hat the organization believes in the more esoteric areas.
In fact, the introduction to this section, called Questions and Answers, One Hun
dred and Sixty Questions and Answers ...Pertaining to the Symbolism of Masonry a
nd its Connection with the Bible, states: "The following questions and answers a
re intended to convey to the average Mason the information every Mason desires w
ithout taking the time to do the research." [The Holy Bible, A. J. Holman Co.,
Philadelphia; 1962].
The interesting point here is that, according to the credit line, which is part
of the title of this section, the source for this information is a name most Mas
ons claim they've never heard of. It reads: "...compiled from the works of Alber
t G. Mackey..." So these "average" Masons who say they've never heard of Mackey
, but who accept this section of the Masonic Bible as authoritative, do not real
ize that this authority is based primarily on the authority of Mackey!
Indeed, Dr. Albert G. Mackey literally "wrote the book" on Freemasonry; he is th
e author of the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FREEMASONRY, published in 1879. Mackey was Past
General High Priest and Secretary General of the Supreme Council 33° for the S
outhern Jurisdiction of the U.S., which takes in 35 of the fifty states. He spen
t more than ten years writing this encyclopedia. It has been considered one of
the top two authoritative works on Masonry. (The other is Albert Pike's Morals a
nd Dogma.)
In this encyclopedia, Mackey clearly identifies Freemasonry as a religion, and h
e categorically states it's not Christianity:
"Freemasonry is a religious institution, and hence its regulations inculcate the
use of prayer as a proper tribute of gratitude to the beneficent Author of life
." [Albert Mackey, p. 594; Encyclopedia of Freemasonry; The Masonic History Co.
, 1924].
"The religion of Masonry is non-sectarian. It admits men of every creed within i
ts hospitable bosom. It is not Judaism, though there is nothing to offend the Je
w. It is not Christianity, but there is nothing in it repugnant to the faith of
a Christian." [Mackey, p. 641].
"Freemasonry is not Christianity, nor a substitute for it. It does not meddle wi
th sectarian creeds or doctrines, but teaches fundamental religious truth." [Mac
key, p. 162].
Is Masonry a religion? Mackey says "yes." Is it Christian? Mackey says "no."
Therefore, if Masonry is a religion, and it is not the religion of Christianity,
Masonry is not a Christian religion! Every Christian Mason, who claims it is C
hristianity, is either completely deceived or is a Christian in name only and ne
eds to get saved.
Indeed, according to Billy Graham and two former Presidents of the Southern Bapt
ist Convention, up to 90 percent of our church members are not born again! Char
les G. Finney, known as "the greatest preacher, theologian and evangelist of the
nineteenth century," who was a Mason for a short time, stated:
"Surely, if a Mason really understood what Masonry is, as delineated in these bo
oks, no Christian Mason would think himself at liberty to remain another day in
the fraternity... It is as plain as possible that a man, knowing what it is, and
embracing it in his heart, can not be a Christian man. To say he can is to beli
e the very nature of Christianity." (Emphasis in original.) [Charles G. Finney,
p. 60, The Antichrist or the Masonic Society; Crown Publications; Burlington, On
tario, Canada; 1984].
Let's pause for a moment to get a better understanding of the fact that there ha
ve been, and are, only two basic religions. These two are first, Paganism, which
incorporates the Mystery Religions, Eastern religions, Freemasonry, the New Age
Movement, etc., and second, Judaism which is the "mother" of both Christianity
and Islam.
In his Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, Albert Mackey gives us a better understandin
g of this concept. He writes, under the heading Paganism,
"A general appellation for the religious worship of the whole human race, except
for that portion which has embraced Christianity, Judaism, or Mohammedanism. It
s interest to the Masonic student arises from the fact that its principal develo
pment was the ancient mythology, in whose traditions are to be found many intere
sting analogies with the Masonic system."
The understanding that all religions other than Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
have their common source in Lucifer's pagan, occult Mystery Religions, should h
elp us place Freemasonry in its proper category. That category is definitely not
in the Judeo-Christian camp!
These pagan religions and the New Age Movement share the same Luciferic source a
s well as the same goal: establishment of a New Age World Religion. Freemasonry,
according to it's most distinguished authority, was "mother" to all these pagan
"Much of the Masonic secret manifests itself... particularly to those who advanc
e to the highest Degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. That Rite ra
ises a corner of the veil, even in the Degree of Apprentice; for it there declar
es that Masonry is a worship.
It is the universal, eternal, immutable religion such as God planted in the hear
t of universal humanity. No creed has ever been long-lived that was not built on
this foundation. ...The ministers of this religion are all Masons who comprehen
d it and are devoted to it." [Pike, pp. 218-19]
As you read Pike's comments, keep in mind that they were prepared for the Southe
rn Jurisdiction of the United States and "published by its authority." In other
words, this is the official doctrine of Freemasonry, not what some local lodge
officials might claim. Or what the current 33rd Degree Council might try to lie
Both of Masonry's highest authorities during the past 100 years clearly state th
at Masonry is a religion, complete with a religious creed-- a "worship." But ju
st what kind of religion is Masonry?
Like Mackey, Pike says the religion of Masonry is not Christianity, but is a uni
versal religion which makes a Mason the "brother" of every other Mason on earth,
bound together with these "brothers" from other religions under an "imperative
obligation of a contract":
"Masonry propagates no creed except its own most simple and Sublime one; that un
iversal religion, taught by Nature and by Reason. Its lodges are neither Jewish,
Moslem, nor Christian temples. It reiterates the precepts and morality of all r
"The Moral Code of Masonry is still more extensive than that developed by philos
ophy. To the requisitions of the law of Nature and the law of God, it adds the i
mperative obligation of a contract. Upon entering the Order, the Initiate binds
to himself every other Mason in the world. Once enrolled among the children of L
ight, every Mason on earth becomes his brother." [Pike, pp. 718-19; 726]
Then, how can a Christian belong to such an organization? After all, God's Word
clearly commands us not to be "yoked together with unbelievers." But a Christ
ian Mason "binds himself to every other Mason in the world...every Mason on eart
h becomes his brother."
As Finney said, any Christian who truly understands what Masonry really is coul
d not stay another day in such a pagan cult! But most Masons--perhaps 99% of the
m--have no conception of the true nature of their fraternity. They have never bo
thered to study the works of Masonry's highest authorities such as Albert Pike,
Albert Mackey and Manley P. Hall. These reveal that the organization is made up
of an outer fraternity whose members are deliberately misled about Masonry's sym
bols and dogmas, and by an occult inner brotherhood of adepts versed in magic, w
itchcraft and the Mystery Religions of the ancient world.
Most Masons are not only unaware of the true nature of their fraternity, they h
ave no idea they are being deliberately deceived by the craft. As admitted by Pi
"The Blue Degrees are but the outer court or portico of the Temple. Part of the
symbols are displayed there to the Initiate, but he is intentionally misled by f
alse interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them. Their tr
ue explication is reserved for the Adepts, the Princes of Masonry... It is well
enough for the mass of those called Masons, to imagine that all is contained in
the Blue degrees; and whoso attempts to undeceive them will labor in vain... The
re must always be common-place interpretations for the mass of Initiates, of the
symbols that are eloquent to the Adepts." (Pike, pp. 818-19.)
But Pike is not the only Masonic authority to disclose this slight-of-hand. "Ill
ustrious" Manley P. Hall, who was eulogized by the Scottish Rite Journal as the
fraternity's greatest philosopher, stated in his book, LECTURES ON ANCIENT PHILO
"Freemasonry is a fraternity within a fraternity--an outer organization conceali
ng an inner brotherhood of the elect... two separate yet interdependent orders,
the one visible and the other invisible... The invisible society is a secret and
most august fraternity whose members are dedicated to the service of a mysterio
us arcanum arcanorum... that truly secret inner society which is to the body Fre
emasonic what the heart is to the human body." [Hall, p. 397].
What is this "mysterious arcanum arcanorum" which "illustrious Manley Palmer Ha
ll" has described as being the subject of the invisible societies' dedicated ser
vice? What is the true "work" of the secret, inner organization? Pike, who wrot
e the Scottish Rite, and "Illustrious" Manley Hall, it's "greatest Philosopher,"
say that Masonry's true work is magic and witchcraft! According to Pike,
"The Hermetic Science...embodied in certain symbols of the higher Degrees of Fr
eemasonry, may be accurately defined as the Kabalah in active realization, or th
e Magic of the Works." [Pike, p. 840].
Hall, after lamenting the fact that not all Masons are happy with this occult he
ritage, states that he can't see how anyone, after reading Pike's great work, ca
n deny that Freemasonry is "identical" to the Mystery Religions:
"Even the casual observer must realize that the true wealth of Freemasonry lies
in its mysticism...It is quite incredible, moreover, that any initiated brother,
when presented with a copy of Morals and Dogma upon conferment of his fourteent
h degree, can read that volume and yet maintain that his order is not identical
to the Mystery Schools of the first ages." [Hall, p. 413].
As a former occultist, I recognize much of Pike's writings as coming from the sa
me occult revelation given to Helena Petrovna Blavatsky in Isis Unveiled and The
Secret Doctrine. "Illustrious" Manley P. Hall also recognizes Pike's works as b
eing similar to those of other occultists:
"Much of the writings of Albert Pike are extracted from the books of the French
magician, Eliphas Levi, one of the greatest transcendentalists of modern times.
Levi was an occultist, a metaphysician, a Platonic philosopher, who by the ritua
ls of magic invoked even the spirit of Apollonius of Tyana, and yet Pike has ins
erted in his Morals and Dogma whole pages, and even chapters, practically verbat
im." [Hall, pp. 413-14].
Let me again point out that we're talking about a work, MORALS AND DOGMA, that w
as prepared for and published by the greatest Masonic jurisdiction in America.
In addition to Pike and Hall, Alice Bailey's husband, Foster, a 33rd degree Maso
n, also writes about the New Age-Masonic connection as it relates to magic in hi
"It is the creative nature of the Masonic work... to work, say and think the sam
e thing simultaneously... [T]he concentrated attention and thought power of the
assembled Masons... is in reality a group meditation, leading to group work... M
asonry in its true and highest sense is magical work... The effectiveness of thi
s possible work will be paralleled by the increasing sensitivity of the race to
telepathic impression." [F. Bailey, pp. 96-98].
"Behind the magical work of the rituals must be the influence of the established
rhythm... The materializing upon earth of the mystical vision... must be brough
t about by the wise working of this law of rhythm and of ritual." [F. Bailey, p.
99]. But wait--it gets even worse.
As we've seen, Pike has said Masonry at it's core is based on the magic of the
Kabalah. But Pike says that it was necessary for this knowledge to be concealed
from "the profane." He states that this "occult philosophy seems to have been t
he nurse or godmother of all religions, the secret lever of all the intellectual
"This is what magic had been, from Zoroaster to Manes, from Orpheus to Apolloniu
s Thayaneus; when positive Christianity, triumphing over the splendid dreams and
gigantic aspirations of the school of Alexandria, publicly crushed this philoso
phy with its anathemas, and compelled it to become more occult and more mysterio
us than ever.
At the bottom of magic, nevertheless, was science. Christianity should not have
hated magic; but human ignorance always fears the unknown. But since Christianit
y did abhor magic, the magicians resorted to inventing Masonic degrees to hide t
he secrets of their witchcraft:
"Resorting to Masonry, the alchemists there invented Degrees, and partly unveile
d their doctrine to the oral instruction afterward; for their rit
uals, to one who has not the key, are but incomprehensible and absurd jargon." [
Pike, pp. 730-31].
Next Pike lets the Magic-hating Christians have it broadside, calling them "dunc
es" who sought to exterminate magic:
"The dunces who led primitive Christianity astray...who for so many ages waged w
ar against Magism, a war of extermination, have succeeded in shrouding in darkne
ss the ancient discoveries of the human mind; so that we now grope in the dark t
o find again the key of the phenomena of nature." [Pike, p. 732]
This is so blatant a description of Lucifer's battle with God, who declared "suf
fer not a witch to live," that it clearly draws the dividing line for us. On one
side we have the Satanic Mystery religions embedded now in the highest rites an
d symbols of Masonry, and on the other side, "the dunces" of Christianity.
Can any Christian member of the Masonic Order maintain that this is a Christian
organization after reading this blasphemy of God?
Among other things, Pike has just described Masonry as searching for "the key of
the phenomena of nature." This is a classic definition of witchcraft. But you
need not take my word for it, because Pike continues on the following pages to c
learly say so:
"There is in nature one most potent force, by means whereof a single man, who co
uld possess himself of it, and should know how to direct it, could revolutionize
and change the face of the world. This force was known to the ancients. It is a
universal agent... if science can but learn to control it, it will be possible
to change the order of the seasons, to produce in night the phenomena of day, to
send a thought in an instant around the world, to heal or slay at a distance, t
o give our words universal success, and make them reverberate everywhere.
This agent, partially revealed by the blind guesses of the disciple of Mesmer, i
s precisely what the Adepts of the middle ages called the elementary matter of t
he great work... it was adored in the secret rites of the Sabbat or the Temple,
under the hieroglyphic figure of Baphomet or the hermaphroditic goat of Mendes."
[Pike, p. 734].
If you still have doubts, look up the meaning and origin of Baphomet and the goa
t of Mendes. They are forms of Satan, himself, and a Sabbat is "an assembly or
celebration of witches or other occultists, usually held on astrologically signi
ficant days and hours." [Kent Philpott, A MANUAL OF DEMONOLOGY AND THE OCCULT, p
. 160; Zonderavan; Grand Rapids, Mich.].

You also need to understand that the terms witch, magician, sorcerer, and wizard
all mean the same thing. "A magician engages in magic, or witchcraft; the term
s are synonymous." [ibid., p. 163].
Still not convinced? Read some more of what Pike has to say about "the great wo
rk," the universal term for witchcraft:
"Whoever shall learn to comprehend and execute this great work, will know great
things, say the sages of the work; but whenever you depart from the centre of th
e Square and the Compass you will no longer be able to work with success.
Another Jewel is necessary for you, and in certain undertakings cannot be dispen
sed with. It is what is termed the Kabalistic pantacle... This carries with it t
he power of commanding the spirits of the elements." [Pike, pp. 786-87].
But many Masons will tell you that all this talk about commanding spirits and th
e like is just symbolic. However, Pike cautions against reading Masonic works to
o quickly, or believing what you may have been told that what you read is only s
ymbolic; for, he says, that's when you are most deceived:
"If you would understand the true secrets of Alchemy, you must study the works o
f the Masters with patience and assiduity. Every word is often an enigma; and to
him who reads in haste, the whole may seem absurd. Even when they seem to teach
that the great work is purification of the soul, and so to deal only with moral
s, they most conceal their meaning and deceive all but the initiates." [Pike, p.
Masons also contend that Masonry is just an organization which "makes good men b
etter," that it's all aimed at symbolically building a temple for the inward dwe
lling of God. But, if this is your belief, read again the previous statement by
Pike, and discern finally that you are a victim of deliberate deceit. Today, the
33rd Degree Council has even denied that Masonry is related in any way with the
occult Mysteries. Such a denial is preposterous on its face!
Here's how Pike characterized Masonry's occult heritage on page 639 of Morals An
d Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry: "The Occult S
cience of the Ancient Magi was concealed under the shadows of the Ancient Myster
ies... and it is found enveloped in the enigmas that seem impenetrable, in the R
ites of the Highest Masonry."
If the "Occult Science of the Ancient Magi[cians]" was incorporated into the "An
cient Mysteries," and if this "Occult Science" is now "found enveloped in...the
Rites of the Highest Masonry," then this statement by the author of the current
version of those rites should be adequate to document the claim that Masonry is
the repository of the occult heritage of the Mysteries that are to be reinstated
for the New Age World Religion. This New Age World Religion, we are told, is t
o be inaugurated by the return to earth of "The Christ."
Benjamin Creme is a major New Age leader, the "John-the-Baptist" for the New Age
Christ, the Lord Maitraya, who Creme says is already in the world simply waitin
g for the right time to manifest his presence.
In The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, Creme reveals that
Masonry will play an important part in the return of "the Christ," (whom Christi
ans would call "the Anti-Christ") especially in the initiation ritual for the Ne
w Age religion. He states:
"Through the Masonic tradition and certain esoteric groups, will come the proce
ss of initiation. In this coming age millions of people will take the first and
second initiation through these transformed and purified institutions." [Benjami
ra Press; London, 1980].
In a section of his book containing transcripts of his many lectures--including
question and answer sessions--after speaking about the coming reformation of the
churches and Buddhism, he's asked if he believes this reformation "will affect
the various secret organizations, like the Masons, the Rosicrucians, and so on?"
He answers:
"Very much so... the coming religion, in fact this coming age, will be dominated
by... Magic, or Ritual, or Organization... Aquarius has been called `the implem
enting force of synthesis or universality,' and will bring about synthesis, univ
ersality, in the world..." [Creme, p. 86].
Note the theme of conjunction, that is, "synthesis or universality." You'll rec
all that Pike has said this is Masonry's "Royal Secret." You'll encounter this
concept of "mixture" repeatedly in the writings of New Age and Masonic authoriti
Creme next tells us how the newly synthesized religions will be manifested:
"The new religions will manifest, for instance, through organizations like Freem
asonry. In Freemasonry is embedded the core of the secret heart of the occult my
steries-- wrapped up in number, metaphor and symbol. When these are purified...
these will be seen to be a true occult heritage. Through the Orders of Masonry,
the Initiatory Path will be trodden and Initiation will be taken..." [Creme, p.
So not only will the Mystery Religion be restored, but so will the process of In
itiation. Creme says, reiterating the theme of our earlier authorities, this new
religion will be universal--a conjunction of the East and West:
"A new world religion will be inaugurated which will be a fusion and synthesis o
f the approach of the East and the approach of the West. The Christ will bring t
ogether... Christianity and a new scientific religion based on the
Mysteries; on Initiation; on Invocation...The very heart and core of the new wo
rld religion will be the esoteric process of Initiation... gradually, Christiani
ty and Buddhism and other religions will wither the new religion gains
its adherents and exponents, and is gradually built by humanity." [Creme, pp. 8
So pervasive is the application of the universal principle of dialectics (conjun
ction, balance, opposites) that Creme even says the "other religions will wither
away"--just as in Marxist theory, the State is supposed to "wither away" and be
replaced by true "Communism."
Another of the New Age Movement's major figures, David Spangler, in REFLECTIONS
OF THE CHRIST, reveals the true identity of this "Christ," or Lord Maitreya. He
says: "Christ is the same force as Lucifer...Lucifer works within each of us to
bring us to wholeness as we move into the New Age." Then he tells us what kind o
f initiation will be administered through the Orders of Masonry:
"The light that reveals to us the path to Christ comes from Lucifer... the great
initiator...Lucifer comes to give us the final Luciferic initiation...that many
people in the days ahead will be facing, for it is an invitation into the New A
ge." [David Spangler, pp. 40-44, REFLECTIONS OF THE CHRIST; Findhorn; Scotland,
So, according to top New Age leaders, the new universal religion will manifest t
hrough organizations like Masonry, and initiation into the New Age will take pla
ce in Masonic Temples.
But other New Age authorities have also stated that Masonry is a universal reli
gion and is a repository of the Occult Secret Doctrine of the Mysteries. In fact
, one of the world's most occult books is loaded with references to Masonry.
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, in her introduction to volume one of THE SECRET DOCTR
INE, summarizes for us the nature of the secret doctrine and reveals its tie-in
with Masonry:
"The Secret Doctrine was the universally diffused religion of the ancient and pr
ehistoric world. Proofs of its diffusion... together with the teaching of all it
s great adepts, exist to this day in the secret crypts of libraries belonging to
the Occult Fraternity." [Helena P. Blavatsky, p. xxxiv, THE SECRET DOCTRINE; Th
eosophical University Press, 1888].
"There are several documents in the St. Petersburg Imperial Libraries to show th
at, even so late as during the days when Freemasonry, and Secret Societies of My
stics flourished unimpeded in Russia more than one Russian Mystic traveled to Ti
bet via the Ural mountains in search of knowledge and initiation.... Let any one
look over the Annals and History of Freemasonry in the archives of the Russian
metropolis, and he will assure himself of the fact stated." [H.P.B., pp. xxxv-vi
We could spend much time exploring H.P.B.'s anti-Christian dogma which makes Jeh
ovah the villain (Christians are the "Black Lodge") and Lucifer the hero (the "W
hite Lodge.") But we get the same doctrine in Pike's work!
In his discussion of The Royal Arch degree in Morals and Dogma, for example, Pik
e reveals the true nature of Masonry's god-- and it's not Jehovah. Please read
the following slowly and carefully:
"We know that for many centuries, the Hebrews have been forbidden to pronounce t
he Sacred Name... In India it was forbidden to pronounce the word Aum or Om, the
Sacred Name of the One Deity, manifested as Brahma, Vishnu, and Seeva. ...It wa
s, therefore, possible for that of the name of Deity to have been forgotten or l
ost. It is certain that its true pronunciation is not that represented by the wo
rd Jehovah; and therefore that is not the true name of Deity, nor the Ineffable
Word." [Pike, pp. 204-05].
Pike says that the communication of the "true nature of God" in the ancient myst
eries is what we now call Masonry:
"Among all the ancient nations there was one faith and one idea of Deity for the
enlightened, intelligent, and educated, and another for the common people. To t
his rule the Hebrews were no exception. Yehovah, to the mass of the people, was
like the gods of the nations around them... The Deity of the early Hebrews talke
d to Adam and Eve in the garden... he wrestled with Jacob; he showed Moses his p
erson, though not his face...he commanded the performance of the most shocking a
nd hideous acts of cruelty and barbarity. He hardened the heart of Pharaoh... Su
ch were the popular notions of the Deity; and either the priests had none better
, or took little trouble to correct these notions; or the popular intellect was
not enlarged enough to enable them to entertain any higher conceptions of the Al
But such were not the ideas of the intellectual and enlightened few among the He
brews. It is certain that they possessed a knowledge of the true nature and attr
ibutes of God, as the same class of men did among the other nations-- Zoroaster,
Menu, Confucius, Socrates, and Plato. But their doctrines on this subject were
esoteric; they did not communicate them to the people at large, but only to a fa
vored few; and as they were communicated in Egypt and India, in Persia and Phoe
nicia, in Greece and Samonthrace, in the greater mysteries, to the Initiates.
The communication of this knowledge and other secrets, some of which are perhaps
lost, constituted, under other names, what we now call Masonry." [Pike, pp. 206
Do we need any clearer statement than this of the true nature of Masonry as a un
iversal religion whose God is not the God of the Christian and of its own charac
terization of itself as communicating the "true" attributes and name of God whic
h, it emphasizes, is not Jehovah? The god of Masonry, according to it's greates
t authority, is not Jehovah! In fact, Pike states rather clearly who the "Initi
ates" consider their god to be:
"The Devil is the personification of Atheism or Idolatry. For the Initiates, thi
s is not a Person, but a Force, created for good, but which may serve for evil.
It is the instrument of Liberty or Free Will. They represent this Force, which
presides over the physical generation, under the mythologic and horned form of t
he God Pan; thence came the he-goat of the Sabbat, brother of that Ancient Serpe
nt, and the Light-bearer..." [Pike, p. 102].
The same basic statement is found in Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine, which statemen
t she ascribes to Eliphas Levi, a major occultist and magician whose works, acco
rding to Manley P. Hall, Pike copied copiously:
"The Kabalists say that the true name of Satan is that of Jehovah placed upside
down, for Satan is not a black god but the negation of the white deity... `For t
he Initiates,' says Eliphas Levi, `the Devil is not a person but a creative Forc
e, for Good as for Evil.' They (the Initiates) represented this Force, which pr
esides at physical generation, under the mysterious form of God Pan-- or Nature:
whence the horns and hoofs of that mythical and symbolic figure, as the Christi
an `goat' of the Witches Sabbath." [H.P.B., p. 510].
The horned God Pan, or the Goat of Mendes, the he-goat of the "Witches Sabbath"-
- all names for the same Satanic entity--is represented in the Pentagram, the fi
ve-pointed star of witchcraft. This star is used upside down with the point at t
he bottom for the goat's face and beard, and the two points at the top for the h
orns. The Pentagram is the insignia not only for witches and Satanists worldwide
, but also for Mason's and their sister organization, Eastern Star! This goat i
s also called Baphomet and is the god of the 12th century Knights Templar, ances
tors of the present Masonic organization.
Clearly, the true god of the religion of the Masonic Order is not Jehovah, but L
ucifer. Masonry is one of the major vehicles through which he is manifesting hi
s ages-old attempt to take the place of God in the Universe. In fact, according
to Alice A. Bailey, Lucifer actually officiated at the founding of Freemasonry!
In Initiation, Human and Solar, Bailey writes:
"All physical plane organization--governmental, religious, or cultural--is the w
orking out of the inner forces and causes, and, before they appear in physical m
anifestation, a focalization...of these influences and energies takes place on e
theric [spirit] levels. The organization of the Freemasons is a case in point...
the Lord of the World was the officiating agent, as is ever the case in the foun
ding of great and important movements." [Alice A. Bailey, pp. 131-132, Initiatio
n, Human and Solar; Lucis Publishing Co., New York, 1970].
Again, let's us ask: how is it possible for rank and file Masons--many who are
professed Christians--to take part in such a Luciferic religion? How could Chr
istian pastors belong to such an organization?
As Pike and Hall have admitted, Masonry is in reality two organizations, an oute
r fraternity of dupes deliberately misled about Masonry's symbols and dogmas, an
d an occult inner brotherhood of adepts versed in magic, witchcraft and the Myst
ery Religions of the ancient world. Religions whose central tenets are being rev
ived as the religion of the New Age.
This is the abominable universal world religious system that the Lord Jesus Chri
st is returning to earth to destroy! (See Revelation, especially chapters 17-19
What did it mean to belong to these Mystery Religions of ancient pagan nations t
hat Clausen, Pike, Hall, Mackey and numerous other Masonic authorities say are t
he precursors for modern day Masonry? Let's see if we can get a feel for what we
nt on in those pagan Initiation Rites. Please change gears for a moment, and let
your imagination run free; imagine the following scene, circa 1350 B.C.:
Flickering light glances off the cavernous walls and vaulted ceiling of the imme
nse cave. Erie-- and yet somehow sensuous-- the torch light casts a mesmerizing
spell on those assembled for the initiation. Their attention is riveted on the c
andidate standing on the lip of a chasm spanned by a swinging rope bridge. But h
e stands several yards from the bridge, not at its entrance.
His face is in shadow, but the rigid posture of his body portrays his intense co
ncentration. His chest heaves as he breathes in and out rhythmically. Suddenly h
e straightens, and with fists clenched, raises his arms across his chest. Taking
one final deep breath, he steps off the edge into the darkness. Those assembled
are silent, watching intently as the candidate levitates across the chasm and s
teps off on the other side.
Perhaps you may think this is more of an exercise in science fiction rather than
a glimpse of what it meant to be an initiate of the Mystery Religions of ancien
t days. But listen to "illustrious" Manley P. Hall as he describes for us the ne
ophyte of these ages. He says that the Initiate of the ancient Mysteries was a
man of great learning and character, for whom initiation into the Mysteries mean
t great physical trials and required great feats of occult capabilities:
"Not one Freemason out of a thousand could have survived the initiations of the
pagan rites, for the tests were given in those strenuous days when men were men
and death the reward for failure. The neophyte of the Druid Mysteries was set ad
rift in a small boat to battle with the stormy sea, and unless his knowledge of
natural law enabled him to quell the storm as did Jesus upon the Sea of Galilee,
he returned no more. In the Egyptian rites of Serapis, it was required of the n
eophyte that he cross an unbridged chasm in the temple floor. In other words, if
unable by magic to sustain himself in the air without visible support, he fell
headlong into a volcanic crevice, there to die of heat and suffocation. In one p
art of the Mithraic rites, the candidate seeking admission to the inner sanctuar
y was required to pass through a closed door by dematerialization..." [Hall, pp.
Hall then quotes Pike from the "LEGENDA FOR THE TWENTY-EIGHTH DEGREE" as stating
that "the science of the Hierophants of the mysteries produced effects that to
the Initiated seemed Mysterious and supernatural." [Hall, p. 415].
I suppose we could all agree with Pike that levitating across chasms, quelling s
torms, and passing through walls could qualify as "Mysterious and supernatural."
"One Freemason out of a thousand" is probably close to the percentage of those
in today's fraternity who are Initiates of the secret Inner Brotherhood who rea
lly understand the true meaning and purpose of Masonry and who practice such mag
ic and witchcraft.
As we've seen, such magic and witchcraft have their origin in the pagan, occult
Mysteries of ancient days. We've also briefly touched on the belief of New Agers
that all of this was given to us by the "Masters of Wisdom," or the "Hierarchy.
" Let's get a better understanding of this so-called Hierarchy and it's role in
bringing about the New Age World Religion.
According to the New Age belief system, the Masters of Wisdom have ruled the af
fairs of the earth for millennia. They are referred to as "The Hierarchy," whic
h is composed of advanced beings, some of whom live in an etheric (or, spiritual
) city over the Gobi desert called Shamballa. The Hierarchy contains a range of
beings all the way up to the "Lord of the World," himself.
Of course, what is being described is what the Bible clearly speaks of as the sp
iritual forces we are battling in the heavenly sphere, the principalities and po
wers of Satan's kingdom: "For your conflict is not only with flesh and blood, bu
t also with the angels, and with powers, with the rulers of this world of darkne
ss, and with the evil spirits under the heavens." [Eph. 6:12].
Our Lord Jesus Christ calls Satan the "Prince of the Power of the Air," and "the
god of this world." In 1 John 5: 19 we read that "the whole world around us is
under the power of the evil one." [The Amplified Bible]. In her book, INITIATION
, HUMAN AND SOLAR, Alice Bailey says basically the same thing:
"This Hierarchy of Brothers of Light still exists, and the work goes steadily on
. They are all in physical existence, either in dense physical bodies, such as m
any of the Masters employ, or in etheric bodies, such as the more exalted helper
s and the Lord of the World occupy... They exist upon this planet with us, contr
olling its destinies, guiding its affairs, and leading all its evolutions on to
an ultimate perfection..." [A. Bailey, IHS, p. 32].
The apostle Paul pointed out that there are unseen spiritual beings organized in
a hierarchy: "And through him were created all things that are in heaven and
on earth, visible and invisible; whether imperial thrones or lordships or angeli
c orders or dominions..." [Col. 1:16,].
In 2 Corinthians 12:7, he refers to a Satanic angel whose assignment was to atta
ck him repeatedly (whose attacks are summarized in the previous chapter): "...t
here was delivered to me a thorn in my flesh, the angel of Satan, to buffet me..

So we see that the Bible clearly states there are unseen spiritual beings in the
heavenly realm, and they are organized in a hierarchy. Alice Bailey also tells
us something about the headquarters for the "Lord of the World" in Shambala, big
city in the sky:
"The central home of this Hierarchy is at Shambala, a centre in the Gobi desert,
called in the ancient books the `White Island.' It exists in etheric matter...S
everal of the Masters in physical bodies dwell in the Himalayan mountains...but
the greater number are scattered all over the world, dwelling in different place
s in the various nations, unrecognized and unknown, yet forming each in His own
place a focal point for the energy of the Lord of the World..." [A. Bailey, IHS,
p. 33].
New Agers also believe that other planets are inhabited and that the star Sirius
is home to The Great White Lodge from which all in this sector of the universe
is controlled. We saw earlier that, according to Bailey, this was the source for
the Mysteries. These mysteries, Bailey says, provide the secret powers for the
magic and witchcraft practiced by the Hierarchy:
"The Mysteries are, in reality, the true source of revelation...They concern tho
se capacities which enable the Members of the Hierarchy to work consciously with
the energies of the planet and of the solar system, and to control forces withi
n the planet...The Mysteries, when restored, will make real... the nature of rel
igion, the purpose of science, and the goal of education. These are not what you
think today."[ibid.]
Bailey says these mysteries contain more than just what is found in Masonry, and
they will be restored more fully when the Hierarchy (that is, the Kingdom of th
e Anti-Christ) comes to earth visibly:
"The Mysteries will be restored in other ways also, for they contain much beside
s that which the Masonic rites can reveal, or that religious rituals and ceremon
ies can disclose... and only when the Hierarchy is present visibly on earth, and
the Mysteries of which the Masters are the custodians are given openly to man,
will the true secret and nature of electrical phenomena be revealed." [Alice A.
Bailey, p. 511, DISCIPLESHIP IN THE NEW AGE, VOL II; Lucis Publishing Co., New
York, 1955; Ponder, pp. 15-16].
Further, says Bailey, the churches and Masonry have failed to do a good job in p
reparing the way for the restoration of the mysteries. She says,
"The ground is being prepared at this time for this great restoration. The churc
hes and Masonry are today before the judgment seat of humanity's critical mind
[because] both of them failed in their divinely assigned tasks." [A. Bailey, p.
511, DISCIPLESHIP-II, ; Ponder, pp. 15-16].
So we see that the mysteries will be restored through the agency of liberal chur
ches, such as Unity, Christian Science, Mind Science, Mormonism, and others as
well as through Masonry.
We've already quoted from a remarkable book, THE SPIRIT OF MASONRY, written by t
he husband of Alice A. Bailey, Foster Bailey. In this book, we read of the true
spiritual heritage of which Masonry is the custodian. The typical Mason reading
this book--indeed, virtually anyone, Mason or not-- would pass quickly over pass
ages of great interest to one familiar with occult works such as THE SECRET DOCT
RINE or Alice Bailey's many books, especially INITIATION, HUMAN AND SOLAR.
It is of great significance that, in his introduction to Part One, on page nine,
Foster Bailey states: "The words used in the text of this book are the words of
another." In my opinion, this is a direct reference to this book's origin fro
m the same source as most of his wife Alice's books-- as well as those of Helen
a Petrovena Blavatsky-- that source being the Tibetan, Djwhal Khul, one of the M
asters of Wisdom, who authored all these works through telepathic transmission.
In other words, their source is, in reality, a demonic spirit who is a talented
The interesting thing we find from reading Foster's book, which was written by a
Mason for other Masons, is that the somewhat veiled references he makes to vari
ous aspects of Masonry are clearly stated, or "unveiled," in the books of his wi
fe, Alice and those of H.P. Blavatsky. By comparing the contents of Foster's boo
k with these others, we can clearly see the key role that Masonry has played in
Satan's Kingdom-- in all areas of the universe.
For example, on page 16, in discussing the Third Degree, when he refers to the j
ourney of the Master Mason ending in resurrection from the grave where "he enter
s into that great Fellowship of Master Masons who are but the expression upon ea
rth of the divine fellowship existing in the Lodge of the Most High," we need lo
ok no further than Foster's wife, Alice for the true explanation.
In her book, INITIATION, HUMAN AND SOLAR, Alice tells us about that Lodge of the
Most High and she's not speaking of Heaven! She's speaking of the Masonic Lodge
on Sirius. Her comments give us a glimpse of another aspect of the close relati
onship between the New Age Movement and Freemasonry:
"One great fact to be borne in mind is, that the initiations of the planet or of
the solar system are but preparatory initiations of admission into the greater
lodge on Sirius. We have the symbolism held for us fairly well in Masonry, and i
n combining the Masonic method with what we are told of the steps on the Path of
Holiness we get an approximate picture. [After the first four solar initiations
, we get to the fifth initiation, which is] the first cosmic initiation. The fif
th initiation corresponds to the first cosmic initiation, that of `entered appre
ntice' in Masonry; and makes a Master an `entered apprentice' of the Lodge on Si
rius. The sixth initiation is analogous to the second degree in Masonry, whilst
the seventh initiation makes the Adept a Master Mason of the Brotherhood on Siri
us." [A. Bailey, IHS, pp. 17-18].
So we see that Masonry is more than world-wide. When they say it's a universal r
eligion, that's just what they mean! We see clearly that Masonry's Heaven, or "
Great Lodge above," is not the dwelling place of God the Father and His Son, The
Lord Jesus Christ. It's the local (cosmically speaking) headquarters for the Co
smic Brotherhood of the Great White Lodge of Freemasonry.
Alice tells us on page 98 of this book, that the Lodge on Sirius gets it's energ
y from a Lodge in the Pleiades, a distant formation of seven stars. (Mayan, the
girl friend of David-- Shirley MacClaine's guru--was supposedly from the Pleiade
s.) Bailey enumerates for us some of the cosmic influences which, she says, af
fect the consciousness of men, especially during the process of initiation:
"First and foremost is the energy or force emanating from the sun Sirius. If it
might be so expressed, the energy of thought, or mind force, in its totality, re
aches the solar system from a distant cosmic centre via Sirius. Sirius acts as t
he transmitter, or the focalizing centre, whence emanate those influences which
produce self-consciousness in man....
Another type of energy reaches man from the Pleiades, passing through the Venusi
an scheme to us, just as the Sirian energy passes through the Saturnian.... Thes
e facts involve the secrets of the mysteries..." [A. Bailey, IHS, pp. 98-99].
She says if we but knew all the mysteries wrapped up in these facts, we'd unders
tand the secrets of the universe: "In the mystery of this influence, and in the
secret of the sun Sirius, are hidden the facts of our cosmic evolution, and inci
dentally, therefore, of the solar system." [A. Bailey, IHS, p. 188].
I might add, that in all this nonsense is revealed the fact of Freemasonry's clo
se association and entanglement with these demons masquerading as "the Hierarchy
" and foisting all this hocus-pocus on the millions of those in the New Age Move
ment and the Eastern religions who sincerely believe this malarkey! But read on
! It gets more incredible the further we delve into the writings of the New Age
Queen and her husband, Foster!
On page 21 of THE SPIRIT OF MASONRY, Foster Bailey tells us about the "Master Ma
sons of the Universe," who have watched over mankind's progress on the long road
of evolution and, he reveals, that's the story depicted in the first three deg
rees of Masonry:
"Such, symbolically, is the progress and mode of achievement for every human sou
l; such has been the path trodden by all the Saviors of the race. From darkness
to light all must go... He must learn that the experience... is the only thing t
hat can fit him to join the ranks of the Master Masons of the Universe, and carr
y on the eternal quest in company with all brothers.
This is the revelation which the passage of the candidate through all the degree
s conveys... Subtle and illusive indications are given also of that organized an
d intelligent activity which is carried on by that Grand Lodge of Master Masons
who have for ages watched over humanity and guided men steadily in the way of li
ght... the whole fabric of Masonry may be regarded as the externalization of tha
t inner spiritual group whose members, down the ages, have been custodians of th
e Plan." [F. Bailey, pp. 21-22].
Next, he writes that these Master Masons are called by many names, such as "Chri
st and His church... They can be known by others as the Masters of the Wisdom...
the Dispensers of Light." Then he adds:
"They are therefore sometimes known as the Illuminatti...They are the Rishis of
the oriental philosophy, the builders of the occult tradition...Stage by stage T
hey assist at the unfolding of the consciousness of the candidate until the time
comes when he can `enter into light' and, in his turn become a light-bearer, on
e of the Illuminatti who can assist the Lodge on High in bringing humanity to li
ght." [F. Bailey, pp. 22-23].
As any Mason knows, "entering into light" is the term used in the fulfillment of
his "search for light" in the degrees of Masonry. Bailey has just stated that t
his can make him one of the Illuminatti! One of those "illumined" ones who can
help the Masonic Grand Lodge on Sirius "bring humanity into light." (That is, b
ring them under demonic control.)
Foster Bailey says that participating in this great work, as part of a greater i
nitiation-- the Luciferic Initiation that Creme says will take place in Masonic
Lodges-- will take one on to his own godhood:
"The rites, ceremonies and initiations of Masonry may be regarded (and are so re
garded by many) as being faint representations and symbolic rehearsals of those
major spiritual initiations through which every human being must pass before ach
ieving his goal of manifested divinity and can enter finally within the veil." [
F. Bailey, p. 23].
So we see that, like any good New Age occultist, a Mason's goal is to become a g
od, himself.
Another revelation concerns the "evolution" of the races as given by Foster star
ting on page 31 and as explained more fully by H.P.B. and Alice in their works.
Foster presents what he calls a basic hypothesis in discussing the question: "Is
Masonry of vast antiquity and do we inherit it from a dim and distant past?"
That the hypothesis is far more than that for the New Agers is evident when late
r he says that if you can't accept this hypothesis, you just need to be more ope
n to your intuition, a veiled reference to paying attention to the demons trying
to influence you. Foster Bailey says the hypothesis, based on a study of the ri
tuals and symbols and the allegory of initiation, is as follows:
"Masonry is the descendent of, or is founded upon, a divinely imparted religion
which long antedates the prime date of creation as given in our Bible. [It] is a
ll that remains to us of the first world religion which flourished in an antiqui
ty so old that it is impossible to affix a date. It was the first unified world
religion. Then came the era of separation of many religions, of sectarianism. To
day we are working again towards a universal world religion. Again then, Masonry
will come into its own, in some form or another." [F. Bailey, pp. 30-31].
Bailey says that this ancient religion is attested to by "such symbols as the py
ramids, both in Egypt and South America... what is left to us of the ancient mys
teries." [ibid., p. 32].
He says these mysteries "were temporary custodians of the ancient truth and [ar
e] closely allied to the Masonic work of today... and the golden thread of the l
iving continuity can be traced through them to modern Masonry." [ibid.].
Bailey then says that we can go even further back than that in our search for th
e source of the Masonic inheritance:
"Masonry may therefore be as old as humanity itself, and religion as old as Maso
nry... the period when there emerged on earth that infant humanity of which our
modern race of men are the fruitage. That period may also have been the founding
of...our Masonic ritual and work...
Scientists hint at two races which preceded ours and give them names-- The Lemur
ian civilization and the Atlantean civilization. Ancient Lemuria saw the first h
uman being walk on the earth. He was little more than an animal..." [ibid., p. 3
Then Foster makes a statement about this pre-human creature that should set ever
y Mason bolt upright in his chair:
"He was a soul in a deep and dark prison with the light that is hidden in each h
uman form lost and veiled... He was a poor blind candidate for light, knocking b
lindly upon the door of the Temple. Blind and ignorant he wanders up and down, s
eeking light and unable to answer the questions put to him." [ibid., pp.35-36].
So we see that Bailey says this pre-human creature was "a poor blind candidate f
or light, knocking blindly upon the door of the Temple." That is a verbatim des
cription of the initiate during the ceremony of the first degree of Masonry! Bu
t for those of you who are not Masons, you need not take my word for it, because
in the next sentence, Foster himself says that's what it represents:
"This is beautifully taught in the E.A. [Entered Apprentice] initiation where a
ll he can do, until the gift of light is conferred upon him is to express his wi
llingness to seek. Every other question, when put to him, is answered by his esc
ort." [ibid., pp. 35-36].
We can now better understand what Albert Mackey meant by his description of the
symbology of the First Degree. Writing in his Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, he st
ates: "The Entered Apprentice Degree symbolizes the creation of man and his fir
st perception of light." [Mackey, p. 14].
Let's continue with the thread of the true meaning of the Blue Lodge initiations
as Foster now proceeds to show that not only the First Degree has as its purpos
e to recount that time in prehistory when animal-man became man, but that the se
cond and third degrees also tell part of this story:
"Later the Atlantean civilization succeeds and the race of men reach a point whe
re they can begin to `subdue their passions' and cultivate those arts and scienc
es which will raise them up into a higher scale of living...This is the lesson o
f the F.C. [Fellow Craft, or Second] initiation.
Today in our Aryan race, humanity... is now ready for a further revelation. He c
an be permitted to take the sublime degree of M.M. [Master Mason] and receive th
e Master's Word for which he so long has sought... All this racial history is in
dicated in the work of the three degrees of the Blue Lodge...and the rhythm of t
he threefold work of the Past, the Present and Future lies revealed." [F. Bailey
, p. 36].
If you are a Mason, I suggest you re-read the previous pages and consider how th
ose you trusted in Masonry have lied to you from the start about the real meanin
g of what your initiation signified. If you were also a Christian at this time,
whose Lord is the Light of the World, and "in Whom there is no darkness," can yo
u really accept the description of your state as an Entered Apprentice as one wh
o was in darkness, a poor, blind soul searching for light?
So there you have it. Masonry, say the New Agers, is the original religion of no
t only the world, but also of that part of the universe ruled by Lucifer, and it
's a worship carried out in the Grand Lodge on Sirius as well as in Masonic Lodg
es everywhere else.
Earlier, we read of Masonry's true "work" as being witchcraft and magic. Foster
Bailey also discusses this aspect of Masonry in his book The spirit of Masonry.
He says that "even the most advanced esotericists in the fraternity" are even ye
t only dimly aware of the true "creative" nature of the Masonic work. He likens
this creative work to that which God did when he spoke into existence the worlds
through "the Word as a creating factor." He says:
"The Hindu expresses it thus: `God thought. God visualized. God spoke. The world
s came into being.' Behind the constitution of a Lodge lies this basic truth, a
nd the work of a Lodge, through its rituals and ceremonies, is intended to be a
training school for creative work." [F. Bailey, pp. 95-96].
This creative work is accomplished when "a Lodge of Masons" becomes unified and
is enabled "to work together as one functioning coherent body." The Masons lear
n by "participating in such a ritual, to work, say and think the same thing simu
ltaneously." [F. Bailey, p. 96].
We've already quoted parts of this earlier, in another context. But here let us
point out that anyone the least bit familiar with magic and witchcraft will reco
gnize this as a description of a witches' coven carrying out their "work" which
is called "creative work."
Bailey emphasizes the need for "a formulated uniformity of thought" so that ever
y move, every action "may have behind it, and underlying it, the concentrated at
tention and thought power of the assembled Masons." The power of this united th
ought "would be hypnotic in its potency... Masonry in its true and highest sense
is magical work." [F. Bailey, p. 97].
On the next page, he amplifies this "magical work." He says a Lodge of Masons w
ill then "work" as a group for Humanity as a whole:
"They will create a focal point for spiritual light, and will organize themselve
s into a body of conscious custodians of the mysteries, acting as a distributing
agency for knowledge... The effectiveness of this possible work will be paralle
led by the increasing sensitivity of the race to telepathic impression...They wi
ll consciously co-operate with the Lodge on High...They will act as a dedicated
lens through which the light can shine in the darkness...and the mysteries of in
itiation will no longer be only symbolic, but will constitute a definite form of
activity, carried forward upon earth." [F. Bailey, p. 98].
Bailey states that this cooperation with the lodge on High "will blend the minds
of many into one directed purpose" and will help empower the candidates for ini
tiation to meet the tests of that initiation. Then he states:
"Behind the magical work of the rituals must be the influence of the established
rhythm...The materializing upon earth of the mystical vision...must be brought
about by the wise working of this law of rhythm and of ritual." [F. Bailey, p. 9
Alice A. Bailey's many New Age books also give us a key to understanding more ab
out this group work, which is directed by the demons in the heavenlies pretendin
g to be "Masters of Wisdom" on Shambala. In THE RAYS AND THE INITIATIONS, she st
"The group can be, and frequently is, responsive to the `bright centre', Shambal
a... Here is the clue to the significance of group work. One of its major functi
ons, esoterically speaking, is to absorb, share, circulate, and then distribute
energy." [A. Bailey, Rays, p.68; quoted in SERVING HUMANITY, a compilation of s
elections from the works of Alice A. Bailey, p. 473; Lucis Publishing Co., New
York; 1977].
She also discusses the "need for telepathic sensitivity in every group composed
of disciples... The cultivation of an inter-relation of a telepathic nature upon
the mental plane is essential." [A. Bailey, DISCIPLESHIP-2, p. 63; SH, p. 467]
The demon spirit calling himself the Tibetan, Djwhal Khul, speaking through her,
emphasizes the importance of this witchcraft, or group work, in "thought formul
ation and thought-form creation." He says:
"Then a clear thought-form can be constructed with definiteness and it can be p
ositively directed...working on mental levels with your group brothers so that y
our thought-form is a part of their thought-form and you can, therefore, unitedl
y produce a living, embodied form which can be directed as I may determine." [A.
Bailey, p. 65, DISCIPLESHIP IN THE NEW AGE, VOL. I, Lucis Pub. Co., New York;
1944; SH- p. 469].
The capability for this group work is not yet here, at least back when these wor
ds were written, but it will become available to the Hierarchy, we are promised,
when the brothers have been better prepared for it's rigors of concentrated, pu
rposeful thought and visualization. In the meantime, we are told,
"The spiritual thought, resulting in magical work of one brother of pure intent,
is of far greater potency than that of many brothers who follow the tendencies
of the personality." [A. Bailey, A TREATISE ON WHITE MAGIC, p. 260, Lucis Pub.
Co., New York, 1967; SH- p.460].
And what are the requirements for a brother to be able to take part in this witc
hcraft? Bailey says,
"The white magician is he who utilizes all power and knowledge in the service of
the race... the technique of the Great Work... The white magician works with th
e forces of nature and swings them back into control of advanced humanity." [A.
Bailey, p. 359, Esoteric Psychology I, Lucis Pub. Co., New York, 1967; SH- p 501
The goal of this group work is to hasten the materializing on earth of the Hiera
rchy, heralded by the return of "The Christ."
This New Age Christ is not Jesus Christ of the Christians. The Master Jesus is,
New Agers say, simply a lower level initiate. But the purpose of the New Age is
to bring in a one world religion and government headed by "The Christ, the Lord
Maitraya," who is the Fifth Buddha and this will bring into physical incarnatio
n the Hierarchy, itself, as Alice Bailey explains in The Rays and the Initiation
"The externalization of the Hierarchy, therefore, and the restoration of the Mys
teries,...are an expression of the inherent spiritual impulse...The Hierarchy ha
s its own life, and its own goals and objectives [which] will become more famili
ar to thinking men as the Hierarchy approaches closer to the physical plane." [
A. Bailey, RAYS, pp. 333-35; Ponder, pp. 170-71].
In THE EXTERNALIZATION OF THE HIERARCHY, Bailey tells us in terms so clear even
a novice Christian can understand that what we're reading about in these New Age
books are the battle plans of Satan's kingdom:
"The senior Members of the Hierarchy will not at first be the ones who will make
the needed approach. Under Their direction and Their close supervision, this ap
proach will be made-- in the early stages-- by initiates...and also by those dis
ciples who under their direction. It is only in the later stages, an
d when the time has come for the return into recognized physical expression of t
he Christ, leading to the definite restoration of the Mysteries that certain of
the senior members of the Hierarchy will appear and take outer and recognizable
physical control of world affairs." [A. Bailey, EH, p. 570].
This is such a clear statement of the Anti-Christ setting up his one world gover
nment and universal one world religion, based on the Mystery Religion of ancient
Babylon, even someone with only a sketchy notion of Revelation should be able t
o discern that the New Age Movement is Satan's plan to bring about the reign of
the Anti-Christ over the earth. In this same book, Bailey states that this takeo
ver will have among its goals:
"1. Creating and vitalizing the new world religion. 2. The gradual reorganizing
of the social order... 3. The public inauguration of the system of initiation. T
his will involve the growth and comprehension of symbolism. 4. The esoteric trai
ning of disciples and of humanity in this new cycle." [A. Bailey, EH, p. 700].
In ESOTERIC PSYCHOLOGY II, she sheds more light on this event:
"Another important objective of the Plan... is the emergence into physical plane
activity, of the group of souls of Whom the New Group of world Servers are the
outer representatives. This appearance can be called (in Christian phraseology)
the second coming of Christ with His Disciples, or it can be called the manifest
ation of the planetary Hierarchy, or the appearance of the Masters of the Wisdom
, Who will restore upon earth the ancient mysteries and institute again the orde
r of Initiation." [A. Bailey, EP-2, p. 649; Ponder, p. 315].
Alice Bailey finally gives away the big secret:
"[T]he Christ and the Masters are occupied with the task of preparing for the re
storation of the Mysteries. This restoration will fall into three phases and wil
l cover and include in its symbolism all phases of human unfoldment. The story o
f mankind will be pictorialised. These three phases correspond broadly and in a
general sense to the three degrees of the Blue Lodge in Masonry. The analogy is
not entirely accurate, owing to the unavoidable degeneracy of Masonry, but with
the restoration of the Mysteries, Masonry will come into its own... [The ritual
of the Master Mason Degree] will be objectively staged and the general public wi
ll recognize it as the major rite and ritual of the new religious institution of
the period. This is the stage where the forces of resurrection are active, when
the Lord is with His people and the Christ has returned to earth." (Alice A. Ba
iley, EH, pp. 574-5).
There you have it. I don't know how it could be any clearer. We've looked in det
ail at the Mystery Religions of ancient days. We've heard from the top Masonic a
uthorities and the top New Age authorities who have agreed that Freemasonry is t
he repository of the Mysteries and that a New Age World Religion is being forged
based on these Mysteries.
Now we've heard the direct statement from Alice Bailey/Djwahl Khul that the Blue
Lodge degrees will form the heart of this new religion, and that the mystery pl
ay of the Third Degree will be staged as its "major rite and ritual."
So we see that Freemasonry is more than just the heart or core of the Antichrist
's New Age World Religion--Freemasonry is the New Age World Religion!

Rev. Harmon Taylor
HRT Ministries
Box 12
Newtonville, NY. 12128-0012
Iâ m going to share with you something I have entitled â Mixing Oil with Water. â Youâ
ickly understand the subject, weâ ll be using the Word of God, and many selected sc
ripture portions at the very beginning of this message. This is the message on
Freemasonry that I presented to the United Methodist church I pastored on my way
out of the pastoral ministry.
Let me share with you a statement of Charles G. Finney, one of the foremost pre
achers of his day. He was a theologian who accepted Christ in 1821 and served Hi
m until his death in 1875. He fulfilled the pastoral role in several churches. H
e became one of the most renown professors of systematic theology in all of hist
ory. But most of all he served his Lord to the very best he knew how to do, and
thatâ s what Iâ m trying to do.
He said when faced with a challenge you should do this, study it in the light of
scripture and act upon it in the light of scripture. "Every local branch of the
Church of Christ is bound to examine this subject and pronounce upon this insti
tution according to the best light they can get."
I have been involved in Freemasonry. I have been involved in the church as a b
eliever and as a pastor.. I have been a pastor and teacher. I have been involv
ed in the reading of His Word. I have been involved in the comparison of the Wo
rd of God as I see it in Holy Scripture versus the Word of God as it is given m
e in the ritual of the Masonic Fraternity. Invariably there are words changed.
So let us look at mixing oil with water.
Let me share from Psalm 118: Verse.22.
"The stone, the very stone which the builder rejected, It has become the capston
e. The Lord has done this, it is a marvelous thing in our eyes. This is the da
y which the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Then, moving over to Mt. 5, Vrs. 33-37, Jesus is speaking about perjury and reta
liation being forbidden.
"Again you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, do not break your
oath, but keep your oaths you have made to the Lord. But I tell you, says Jesu
s, do not swear at all, Either by heaven, for it is Godsâ throne, or by the earth
for it is His footstool, or by Jerusalem for it is the city of the great king,
and do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair either white or
black, simply let your yes be yes and your no be no. Anything beyond that come
s from the evil one."
These are not my words now, these are the words of Jesus. And then moving over t
o Mt. 24, Vrs. 1&2.
"Jesus left the temple and was walking away when His disciples came to Him to ca
ll attention to its buildings. Do you see all these things? Jesus asked. I tell
you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another. Every one of them w
ill be thrown down. He was speaking of the temple. "
Then, moving over to 2 Timothy, the third chapter and verse sixteen. Second Timo
thy 3:16, Youâ ve heard of John 3:16, thatâ s an easy one to remember, 2 Timothy 3:16,
hear the word of scripture:
"All scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, for rebuking, for correc
ting, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughl
y equipped for every good work. This scripture is saying that its meant for mo
re than just love, love, love. Scripture is God-breathed, useful for teaching,
rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness."
2 Timothy 4, Words the Lord has laid upon my heart, and reinforced so many times
. Before I ever spoke them as a section of scripture that the Lord was dealing w
ith me on, my daughter placed that scripture in my hand. Just the lettering, 2 T
imothy 4: 2 through 5. This was Paul'sâ message to Timothy, a pastor. And it is
a message to every pastor, it is a message that certainly God had for this pasto
r. I know that I know that I know! That this is the scripture verse that God ha
s for me, that He has burned into my heart.
"Preach the Word. Be prepared in season and out of season, correct, rebuke and e
ncourage with great patience and careful instructions for the time will come whe
n men will not put up with sound doctrine, instead, to suit their own desires th
ey will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching
ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside
to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the w
ork of an Evangelist, discharge the duties of your ministry."
That is God's call upon me and that is what I am trying to do. And then one o
ther scripture verse, again relating back to Mt. 5. This is in James, Chapter 5
and verse 12.
"Above all my brothers, do not swear. Not by heaven, nor by earth, nor by anythi
ng else. Let your yes, be yes and your no, no---or you will be condemned. "
God have mercy on us as we share together around these scripture verses. I had
been pastor of my church for a little more than a year. God had been moving dram
atically in my life, He moved dramatically just to bring me to Clifton Park Uni
ted Methodist Church. We worked together as a pastor and people and in that tim
e one word had stood out above all others in my Christian walk, and it is this;
Be careful, Pastor, of deception. As God moved in my life in those months, I h
ad been able to see how easy it was for me and for others to be deceived and dra
wn away from the Christian walk. It was in October of the same year that I share
d with them the roots of Halloween and how it was brought into sync with the Chr
istian holiday of All Saints Day.
I shared with them the evil of that; some rebuked it but it was the call of a pa
stor to preach Godsâ Word. Some of them learned, some of them were surprised. I
was even more surprised when a brother in Christ came to me, Heâ d been praying for
four months - remember Nehemiah? This brother prayed for four months before h
e came to me, to talk about my involvement in a cult! "Bob, what are you talkin
g about? Me? involved in a cult? Iâ m in the United Methodist Church!" And then we
began to share together.
I realized that while I was sharing with the church that they needed to be care
ful about dabbling in the occult even if it were just the dressing in a costume,
here I was in a full blown cult.
Itâ s not easy for me to share that with you, for what you might think and how coul
d I be so stupid. Iâ ve shared with others and actually had Christians laugh at me
. Please, donâ t laugh. But Listen. As a pastor, as a preacher, as a child of The
King, I must preach the word without fear of man's criticism. I must preach i
t with the reverential fear of the love of God for the souls of all men.
This morning we will deal with a topic that may be uncomfortable to some of you.
To others, it may tell you something you already suspected. To others, it wil
l confirm what you already knew. At the very start I need to assure you that my
object is not to attack or challenge any individual man, woman, or child. What
I share with you has little to do with a man or woman or child but it affects t
he lives of many men, women, and children. And it is that evil that I speak aga
inst this day.
I am not attacking a person but I am seeking to lead men and women into a closer
walk with the One, True God. The Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I do this i
n the name of Christ for the glory of God and hopefully with a boldness of a Cha
rles G. Finney, a nineteenth century Evangelist who spoke as God gave him utter
First, letâ s look at the dictionary definition of Immoral. Webster defines it as
conflicting with generally and traditionally held moral principles. Concerning
the fraternity of Freemasons my Christian friends, their benevolence, their mora
l principles in general, Charles G. Finney accurately states the following:
â Masonry does not recognize the Bible as any higher authority with Masons than the
sacred books of heathen nations nor the Koran of Mohammed or the Verti of Hindu
. That Freemasonry recognizes all religions is equally valid. That so far as M
asonry is concerned, it matters not at all what the religion of its adherents is
, provided they are not Atheists.â
To join the Masonic Fraternity, you need not be a Christian. I could ask you to
raise your hands as to how many of you think that the Masonic Fraternity is a C
hristian organization and probably one third of you would raise your hand, until
you think about it or remember that there are Jews and many others in that orga
nization, and the reason for that is that it requires a belief in only one god.
Any god! Just one.
Iâ m not the first to stand up and to speak out against it. Iâ m just one of the late
st. Iâ m going to share with you the names, of a remarkable list of great Christia
n men and statesmen who renounce the lodges and opposed them, and this is partic
ularly important to you if you happen to be upset, because one of the most illus
trious figures in religion to speak out against Masonry was a man by the name of
John Wesley. Yes, Iâ m going back to Methodism. Right back to the very root. Th
at man who left his church and preached the salvation message to miners in Engla
nd. Yes, John Wesley took a stand against Masonry.
Alexander Campbell, Daniel Webster, Wendell Phillips, Chief Justice Charles Mars
hall, Charles Summner, John Hancock, Horace Greeley, Dwight L. Moody, R. A. Tory
, Timothy Dwight, Charles Finney, Charles Blanchard, John Adams, John Quincy Ad
ams, John Madison, Amos Wells, Simon Peter Long, James M. Gray. A long list of
men who spoke out against Masonry. Listen to these powerful words of Dwight L.
Moody to pastors.
â I donâ t see how any Christian most of all a Christian Minister can go into these s
ecret lodges with unbelievers. They say they have more influence for good but I
say they can have more influence for good by staying out of them and then repro
ving their evil deeds. Abraham was more influence for good in Sodom than Lot was
for good. True reformers separate themselves from the world rather than becomi
ng a part of it. But Dwight L. Moody, some say, if you talk that way youâ ll drive
out all the members of secret societies out of your meetings and out of your ch
urches, â What if I did?â said Dwight L. Moody, better men will take their places. G
ive them the truth anyway and if they would rather leave their churches than the
ir lodges the sooner they get out of the churches, the better. Those are the wo
rds of an Evangelist, a Prophet, Dwight L. Moody. â I would rather have ten member
s,â he said, â who are separated from the world than a thousand such members. Come o
ut of your lodges. Better be one with God that a thousand without Him.â
Concerning a Christian as a member of a Masonic society we have this from the ve
ry Word of God.
â And I heard a voice from heaven saying Come out of her my people that Ye not be
partakers of her sin and you receive not her plagues for her sins have reached u
nto heaven and God hath remembered her iniquities.â (Rev. 18:4-5)
There are many Christians, even ministers of the Gospel of Christ who support th
e adherence to the teachings of the Masonic lodge. I have been a Mason, I have
been a Past Master of my lodge, I received the Master of the Year Award in my di
strict for increasing the lodge attendance by 259% over the previous year. Yes,
I was committed to it. Iâ m ashamed of it now. But it took a lot of time from m
y church, from my family, from my sleep. I did the best job I knew how to do.
I was appointed a New York State Grand Chaplain; thereâ s sixty-some in the state.
I was one of them and I was selected personally by the Grand Master because of
my leadership and because of my service. Normally it goes through a district co
mmittee where Right Worshipfuls get together, but they were saving me for Distr
ict Deputy Grand Master.
The Grand Master personally appointed me to that post. I served him as best I c
ould. But what it says or should say to you is that I speak with the authority
of the Word of God and I speak with the full knowledge of the rituals. I have p
erformed the degrees in the Blue Lodge. I have seen them all, observed, and been
a part of them. There is a real question of what can be done with the great nu
mbers of professed Christians including Christian pastors who are in the Masonic
Fraternity. But I tell you, I pray for them every single day.
Let me just share with you what one pastor said. I wrote an Editorial in the ne
wspaper. All I did was commend my denomination in England and the Roman Cathol
ic church for taking a stand against Masonry and your coverage.
In part, I said,
"I write as one who is well informed and not confused, and in no need of help co
ncerning this matter. Stanley Maxwell quoted as saying â The lodge honors Jesus Ch
rist as it honors Socrates, Buddha, Mohammed. Christians and others need to kno
w that Masonry honors none of these. They arenâ t mentioned in any form of honor in
the Fraternity. Their names arenâ t mentioned and neither is the name of my Savior
Jesus Christ. There is no place in ritual of the Masonic Fraternity where Jesu
s is acknowledged as â Your Saviorâ ."
What was the response by a man who is chairman of a district board of ministry
that I answered to, to be able to stand in my Pulpit, "a Grand Chaplain, Mr. T
aylor has expressed his biased opinion, and his faith seems to have been adverse
ly affected."
What men will do. What men will do in order to protect their fraternity. Even
to the putting down of a fellow pastor. Charles G. Finney was a Mason, came out
of it when he accepted Christ, and he wrote a whole book on it. The air has a
lmost been darkened by the immense number of falsehoods that have been circulate
d by Freemasonry to destroy the reputation of every man who has renounced Freema
Anybody come to you and criticized you? You know, back home, somebody came into
an insurance office and told a member of my congregation, "It's a good thing y
ou got rid of that guy when you did." She said to him, "We didnâ t get rid of him,
we wanted to keep him. He left."
Do you know that a week after I came out of the Fraternity the man who wrote th
e History of Masonry gathered together the officers of my lodge, told them what
a tragic loss it was, reminded them about my year in a back brace, told them tha
t Iâ d been on some strong medication and evidently it had affected my mind.
Well Iâ ll tell you what the medication was. It was two Valium prescribed by the D
octor while I was in the Hospital for two weeks, reduced to half that amount whe
n I got out of the hospital, and that was two years before I made the decision t
o leave Masonry. That medication is awful slow working! I think any Doctor wou
ld be able to document that it didnâ t come from that medication. But Hallelujah!
He spoke to the Master of my lodge, and you know what happened? A week after I
left Masonry, he signed my demit. before the next meeting. Let me share it wit
h you:
"To the Secretary;
I am resigning as a member of Welcome Lodge 829. There is a better light, that
light is the light of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In His Word (Jn. 8:12)
it says: I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will not walk in darkn
ess. I have walked in the darkness of Masonry. Today I am ending that darkness
and following the One, True, Light, that of God, His Son , and The Holy Spirit.
Hallelujah! I did more for Jesus Christ by leaving Masonry than I ever did by
being in it. and thatâ s just the beginning, you know what else happened? The nex
t day his son left and gave his testimony! And you know what else happened?
That week they had a mid-week prayer meeting in the Church on Wednesday night.
I called up a man who walked by me one day at the Pine View Community Church, an
d he said to me, â I donâ t know how you could be a minister and a Mason.â He was a k
nd of wimpy kind of guy so I just ignored it, but God didnâ t let me forget it. An
d when I left the Fraternity I called him on the phone and I told him that Iâ d co
me out of Masonry and he said â Oh, great! Can I use that as a testimony tonight at
My gut reaction was no, I want to tell them the next time I get there. But thatâ s
pride Taylor. O.K., you can tell them. He went to that prayer meeting, He shar
ed, there was a guy with his Masonic bible with its big Masonic emblem on it. A
nd as he told about this Mason writing a letter to the Grand Chaplain and leav
ing Masonry, he pulled the Bible closer to him. Next to him was a dear black la
dy who learned a long time ago how to really pray. It got to prayer time and sh
e stood up and she started to pray that God would use that letter to lead other
men out of the Fraternity by the hundreds. He could take no more of it, He pick
ed up his Bible, he stormed out of the church; This fellow that Iâ d been talking
to saw that Masonic emblem and he said, Iâ ve offended that brother."
When I got home there was a message from the Mason waiting. My wife knew I would
nâ t be in until late, but he said, â Have him call me whatever time he gets in.â I ca
led him, it was after 12:00, now in the morning of the next day, and he said, "I
hear that you are Grand Chaplain and you got a letter from a guy thatâ s leaving M
asonry. Do you know anything about it? "
I said, "Sure, I know all about it, I wrote the letter." He replied, " I got
ta talk to you." And so we went down and we ate at the Hilton Hotel. We sat t
here and we prayed and he told me his testimony. He wanted to know how to get o
ut and what to do. You know, in that week eight men came out of the Fraternity
and every single one of them gave a witness to the Lord Jesus Christ Halleluja
Whatâ s happening is that people donâ t know. You know why the Masonic Fraternity is a
secret organization? Because if they ever showed me that ritual before I went
through the door of that lodge, I would have laughed. Then I would have gone ho
I donâ t know how other men get into Masonry, Iâ ll tell you how I got in. I was a pa
stor to my people in Hagemon, and I slipped up bad. I let the men of my church
lead me in an area where I should have been leading them. When I looked out in
the congregation there were Masonic lapel pins on all but one of the men in my
congregation. I couldnâ t get a men'sâ group started in my church and now I know why
, they were all involved in Masonry, they didnâ t have time for another meeting a
week. Since I couldnâ t get them to join a group, I joined the one they had. I as
ked them and oh, were they thrilled. Were they happy, their minister was going
to join.
I had a lady in that church, Marion Campbell, She didnâ t like my involvement in M
asonry, but I didnâ t have to worry about that, you see. Every time she spoke up t
hese men put her down. When there were some tough times in the church, some of
those Masons who disagreed with what I was saying supported me because I was a M
ason. Now thatâ s not the reason to support your pastor. Itâ s easy to get led in.
Finney challenges men like myself. Let Christian men labor with these Masons, P
lead with them and endeavor to make them see it is to be their duty to abandon i
t. He continues; The morality inculcated by Masons is an exclusive, one-sided,
selfish affair. In its best estate it is only partiality, and the doing in a v
ery slovenly manner the work of a mutual insurance company.
You see, if you get involved the first person that a Masonsâ going to help (and so
me of you who were Masons can attest to this) If youâ re given a choice between giv
ing help to a Mason and somebody else, you help that Mason first, even if the ot
her one is in more need. Let no man deceive you by any means, Masonry claims fo
r itself the power to conduct its disciples to heaven. You do it by your good w
orks, and if you are good in your works, you will get there.
In many places in the ritual it teaches the candidate the observance of Masonic
law, principles, and usages that will secure for him his salvation. I put a lot
of those things in a corner. You ever done that in your house? You put a lot o
f things in a corner and the house looks pretty neat? But when you pull all tha
t stuff out of the corner, what a mess! Thatâ s what happened with me and Masonry.
I stuck the salvation by works in one corner. I stuck some scripture that wasnâ t
quite right in another corner.
As I sat down with a Christian brother who prayed for me for four months without
my even knowing it, you know one of his prayer partners moved all the way to Ca
rolina?, He called her every week to pray with her for me? Thatâ s the kind of com
mitment that came to me by a brother and a sister in Christ, that I be led out.
Do you know that brother and that woman came to my son's graduation because th
ey couldnâ t believe that a Mason would be allowed in the Laudenville Community Chu
rch pulpit.
Do you know when we met five months later He gave me a copy of that bulletin, wr
ote down everything, and a little Masonic symbol with a question mark wherever w
hat I said didnâ t line up with Masonic ritual. A lot of time, a lot of effort, an
d thatâ s what Iâ m trying to do with others. I prayed over this message for nearly fo
ur months now.
â Let no man deceive you for that day shall not come except there come a falling aw
ay, first of that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition who opposeth and
exhalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that
as he as god sitteth in the temple of God showing himself that he is god.â
Not only is Freemasonry a religion, it offers salvation by works. But it also cl
aims the position of God through its very rituals. In the seventh degree of the
Royal Arch Masons there is a representative of the burning bush. Iâ ll tell you h
ow deep I got into this. I went through the Scottish Rite, the 4th through the 3
2nd degree in Masonry. Some of you may know about the 32nd degree of Masonry, m
aybe your Dad was a 32nd degree Mason, and you think thatâ s a pretty good thing.

You know what it takes to be a 32nd degree Mason? Over a Mason? In Albany, $
135, and all day Saturday watching six plays performed and maybe youâ re selected t
o participate in one. Thatâ s all it takes. But praise a man for being a 32nd deg
ree Mason and heâ s not going to tell you that. I never told anybody that when I
was a Mason. The 7th degree of Royal Arch Masons has a representation of the b
urning bush. The candidate is told to take off his shoes for the place where he
stands is holy ground. And then the Master of the lodge claims to be the God o
f Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. What an awful, profane, blasphemous thing this is.
It is my most sincere prayer that our time together today, even though it is run
ning fast, will help you to receive in a spirit of love and compassion what I en
deavor to convince you concerning the dangers of the Masonic fraternity. Iâ ve bee
n there! And Iâ ll tell you, it is only by the grace of God that I am out of there
You ever hear the story of the frog in the water? The frog sits in a pan of wat
er, very content. You put the pan on a hot plate, and begin to turn up the temp
erature very slowly; and the frog sits there very contentedlyâ as the temperature r
ises from 68 to 75 to 80 to 100 to 140 to 180 to 212. You know that frog will n
ever jump out of that water?
And thatâ s the way it is with Christiansâ when they get involved with the wrong thing
s, just a little bit at a time. Then you can get in, and when the water is boil
ing, you are still there. In my first degree, I wanted OUT! And I knew why I w
anted out. Yet, within four years I was doing that degree and bringing other m
en into Masonry.
The frogâ thatâ s who I was! But God kissed me with His Word, and now I am a child of
the King! Does that make me a prince ?
What am I trying NOT to do this morning? I am not trying to have any quarrel or
controversy with any man, woman or child who happens to be involved in Masonry.
I am not disregarding the sensibility of any Mason regarding their pet institu
tion. I do not want to assail them. I only want to point out that there come t
imes in the church when we have the sacrament of Holy Communion and you will fin
d that if Masons have a conflict, that they donâ t come to Holy Communion, they go
to their Lodge meeting.
What would I wish to do, if possible? I would wish to stop the spread of this g
reat evil in the Church of Jesus Christ! I wish to give you some information th
at brings light and life.
Do you know that in spite of the two editorials I had put in the newspaper about
Freemasonry, not one member of my church came to me and asked me about Freemaso
nry! They went to somebody else who knows nothing and asked â What do you think ab
out that?â Or they went to another Mason and they asked, â What do you think about t
hat?â â a Mason to a Mason.
No man came to me, nor woman, nor child; and asked me, â Why did you say that?â If y
ouâ ve got a question, go to your pastor and ask him!
What would I wish to do, if possible? I would wish to stop the spread of this g
reat evil in our churchâ in the whole church. I wish to arouse young men who are M
asons to understand the horrible consequences of their dealings in these solemn
oaths. I wish to arouse young men who are not Freemasons to look before they le
ap. The church, and the Christians have been remiss in suffering a whole genera
tion, including me, to grow up in ignorance of the character of Freemasonry. No
minister ever told me about that. Not one denominational leader quietly gave me
a single word of advice or warning.
In the 1800â s Masonry was exposed; and Masons abandoned their lodges for the shame
of it. It cost one man, William Morgan, his very life. But for me to lay down
my life is gain. That holds no threat to me. This man wrote all of the ritual
s of Masonry in a book, and you know what Masons did? They kidnapped him from B
atavia, NY; moved him out to Niagara; stored him in Ft. Niagara for three days,
and then they took him out in a boat. They tied a ropeâ the Masons would call it a
cabletowâ around his waist (not quite Masonically) with a weight on it; and gave h
im one half hour to make his peace with his God. And he pleaded that he might b
e spared so that he might be able to care for his wife and his children. They ki
lled him, anyway.
These arenâ t rumors. This is the deathbed testimony of a man named Howard Vallanc
e; the man who pushed William Morgan off the bow of that boat.
In Masonic history, you know what they call that event, which I see your faces s
huddering at? â The Morgan excitement.â How does that get you? They said if he wer
e a drinking man, heâ d be a drunk. See, they try to defame and disgrace everybody
who doesnâ t agree with them.
Oh! And the theme of Masonry is â Tolerance!â We must tolerate one another. "Ah, d
ear brother, you know when you say that prayer as Grand Chaplain, you canâ t end it
in the name of Jesus because you might offend the Jewish brother. Whereâ s your t
olerance, brothers?"
Whereâ s your tolerance to the fact that the scripture tells us that we come to God
the Father through Christ, His Son. Youâ re telling me to pray an empty prayer!
And I remember saying to the Jewish brotherâ who was eating his ham dinner at the t
ime, and who told me not to pray in Jesusâ nameâ I told him that I would pray in Jesu
sâ name, and that when he heard the brief silence after my prayer before I said â Ame
nâ that he could rest assured that I was saying, under my breath, â In Jesusâ name.â
Isnâ t that awful? See how farâ how hot they had gotten the water around the frog? T
hat heâ d say the name of Jesus under his breath? Well, Iâ m not saying it under my b
reath any more! Jesus Christ is my Savior and Iâ m serving him! Thatâ s why Iâ m shari
g with you!
Masonry claims the souls of men.
Let me go back and tell you a little bit more about Henry Vallance. He was neve
r arrested, never tried for the crimeâ and in that you find something about Masonry
. The justices, the law enforcement officialsâ they took great pains to conceal, t
o deceive themselves. John Quincy Adams was President of the United States of A
merica at the time, and he gave a scathing attack against Masonry, when he inves
tigated the events behind it after leaving the presidency.
They even established two false editions of Morganâ s book, and they circulated the
false editions and they would bring that false edition over to a Mason who had
never read the true book, and show it to him; and he would say, â Why these rituals
arenâ t correct!â And then he would become the spokesman to prove that the Morgan b
ook was a lie.
Charles G. Finney, as he wrote his book, had a copy of the real book. The Mason
s could now rightly claim that the book was not correct; but they did not have a
ll the information. Theyâ d been deceived by their own brothers.
But the good news was that following that incident, 45,000 of the 50,000 Masons
in this country left their lodges, when the facts became known, to enter it no m
ore. While Christians have slept, the fraternity has once again reared its ugly
head; and taken unto itself Christians and ministers of the gospel.
Now how is this public to know what Freemasonry is? How are you to know? First
, negatively, you are not going to find out what it is by reading most of the bo
oks written by adhering Masons. Because they are not going to tell you the trut
hâ they are not going to tell you their ritualâ or the real history of their ritual..
Secondly, you cannot learn about Masonry from the oral testimony of adhering Mas
ons. Theyâ ll tell you anything but the truth, because they need to protect that s
ecret of their society.
Thirdly, Masons who are under an oath not to reveal any of its secrets will not
reveal that. Their testimony, therefore, cannot be trusted, and is of no value
on the subject of Freemasonry.
How then, are you positively to know about Masonry as the church? Positively, y
ou can learn it from the published and oral testimonies of those who have taken
the degrees, such as myself; and have afterwards renounced them, and confessed t
he error and publicly renounced Masonry.
You can know from these renouncing Masons that they are competent witnesses, the
y are credible witnesses, when they testify against themselves. And anyone who
testifies against himself does not do it lightly. It is given with a certainty
of incurring an unrelenting persecution.
Now I ask you, what have Masons said about me since I have left the fraternity?
And the question is answeredâ ¦ They will trample over a man or woman of God to
defend their institution.
I told you of the brother who said I was on drugs. What I didnâ t tell you is that
the police came to his own door one night. Theyâ d arrested his sonâ also a Masonâ for
peddling drugs. I didnâ t tell you that the Masons got together and got him comple
tely off the hook, and he is still a member of the Masonic lodge!
I didnâ t tell you about another Mason in Scenectady, NY, who spent two months in
jail while a 33o Mason while they looked for a Masonic judge to get him off, and
then all the records are done away with. He forged money orders, and bounced c
hecks on closed accounts! Heâ s still a Mason today. You see, Masons are bound to
do more than help a brother; theyâ re to help a brother in distress, and it doesnâ t
say what kind of distress.
It could be that youâ re a little bit out of money and need some food; or it could
be that youâ ve committed a crime. It really makes no difference. And as you get
higher up in the degrees, even treason is covered over by the brethren.
That means if youâ re a Mason and a policeman, and if you abide by the oath of the
fraternity; and youâ re told to go and arrest another Mason; you call him on the ph
one and tell him to get out of town before you get to his door. It means that i
f youâ re mugged and before the court and your lawyer is a Mason; and the accused g
ives the Grand Masonic Hailing Sign of Distress, your lawyer is under oath to fl
aw your case so that the brother goes free.
If you find a Mason on a jury, and that Grand Masonic Hailing Sign were given, y
ou are going to have a hung jury, if that Mason carries out his oath; and many d
Adhering Masons have persecuted and still do persecute those who reveal their se
crets, just as far as they dare.
Dear Christian friends, I submit to you that this is the highest degree of intol
erance! Witnesses who testify under such circumstances as I have been under are
entitled to credit; especially as they could have had no conceivable motive for
deceiving the public. When someone asks you the next time, â Whatâ s the matter with
Harmon Taylor?â , you tell them heâ s been in the Word of God, okay? Heâ s been in the
itual, but that was wrong and God has forgiven him.
Look at the Master Mason degree for a moment; and Iâ m going to share a little bit
about the first degree, too. The Third degree, like those that have gone before
, have taken the candidates in blindfolded; their eyes are covered. They canâ t se
e. A rope around their neck! You ever been blindfolded? With a rope around yo
ur neck? Close your eyes for a minute and imagine that you donâ t know anything th
atâ s going on the other side of the door. What do you think? Comfort and joy?
I went to that Masonic lodge room dressed like Iâ m dressed today, in a business su
it Members of my church were there! Masons! They went into the lodge room and
I was told to go into the other room. I went in there, and they closed the doo
r, they told me to take off all my clothes, and put on this cape and this pants
that was missing one leg. And the brother stayed there, I didnâ t even know that m
anâ s name! And heâ s in this small room with me about the size of this platform that
Iâ m on. Then he blindfolded me and put a cabletow, a rope, around my neck.
Then there was a knock on the door, he asked who was there, and the man said tha
t I was a poor, blind, candidate. desirous of having and receiving a part in t
he rites, light & benefit of this lodge.
Masons ought to pay attention to the ritual that comes afterwards because I neve
r did. I knew it, I learned it, I memorized it, but I didnâ t know what it said.
Dear friend, you know what they were saying about your pastor? a born-again Chri
stian pastor? They were saying as he came through the door of that lodge that h
e was spiritually blind and they say that about every Christian coming through t
he door of that lodge.
They weren't talking about the blindfold. The Masons sit on the sidelines, new
members come in, the blindfold is on, they assume its physical blindness, but th
e ritual, the words themselves, are talking about spiritual blindness.
I was led to the end of the back of the lodge room, and I know thereâ s some Masons
here, and you can testify to the truth of this, blindfolded, cabletow, and your
heart may even be beating a little more rapidly as you hear that senior deacon
say that heâ s about to apply a sharp instrument to your naked right breast.
You are waiting to get shot with a needle, or feel a knife, you donâ t know, but in
a split second that feels like an eternity you feel the point of a compass, you
know, the kind you make circles with, and then they lead you on! and you are sc
You donâ t think much of any of your friends that are there now. About all you can
remember is that youâ ve lived through it. And then youâ re told to kneel for the ben
efit of prayer & they say a prayer, a Godless prayer, and then they ask you in w
hom you put your trust.
You sure donâ t put your trust in any of your congregation there who were Masons a
nd that you know are in that place. Youâ d like to run out but you donâ t know where
the door is because theyâ ve moved you around a couple times and you are blindfolde
d. You tell them the only thing you can, in God. They say, your trust being in
God is well-founded. Rise, follow your conductor, & fear no danger.
Whew! That felt good! You know what that was? That was the lamb being led to t
he slaughter.
So I went from there and followed the rest of the ritual very comfortable. A me
mber of my church escorted me through this, and I was brought up to the altar an
d told to kneel. I was told just how to place my hand on the Bible, Godsâ holy Wor
d, and the oath began.
Are you still willing to take the obligations? say â ayeâ . I did. Pronounce your n
ame in full, and I did.
And repeat after me â In the presence of Almighty God, in this worshipful lodge, of
entered apprentice...and it goes on. You find yourself saying, "I do promise a
nd swear that I wonâ t reveal the secrets, that I will help aid and assist a brothe
Remember, every person who is a Mason has done this, every single one, It's onl
y the First degree. This pastor did it, too, but God forgave me. Hand on the Bi
ble, we say the words, "under the ancient penalty having my throat cut across,
my tongue torn out and buried in the sand of the sea where the tide ebbs and flo
ws twice in twenty-four hours, if I ever reveal the secrets of this lodge. "
I have secrets greater than that! And I want to make them known.
Jesus Christ is Lord and Iâ m not bound by any oath that is in violation of His law
, and His law says let your yes be yes and do not take any oath lest you come un
der condemnation!
Now I really donâ t care if Masons get upset by that. as long as my God does not co
ndemn me. And every Mason ought to know that too.
The candidatesâ hands are placed on the Bible in Third degree, "binding myself und
er no less a penalty than having my body severed in twain, my bowels taken thenc
e and burned to ashes & scattered to the four winds of heaven that there might n
ot remain tract, trace, or remembrance of so vile and perfect a wretch if I shou
ld violate this, my obligation."
Would you let me pastor in your church if you knew I took that oath? Only the
Masons would have. God forgive me. And He has. Thatâ s why I speak out! And you
can find out and verify everything Iâ m saying. You think its a secret society. D
own in your local library you can get the ritual book, you can get the informati
on about Masonry. There are numerous books now available in almost every Christ
ian bookstore.
Dear Friends, do you think still think Freemasonry is a Christian institution?
Do you really think a pastor ought to be involved in it? Are you going to be
proud to tell others that your pastor is a Mason? Or , are you going to be pro
ud to tell them that he got out?
Dear Mason, are you proud to be a Mason now? As you consider the rituals youâ ve
taken part in during the daylight hours? Do you know the Junior Warden says tha
t he observes the Summit Meridian? Thatâ s sun worship, the Senior Warden observes
the sun as it sets in the West at the close of day, and the Worshipful Master o
bserves the sun in the East, there are three candles around the altar, one for
the Master of the lodge, one for the sun god, and one for the moon god!
Do you know that one of the passwords to get into one of the York rite bodies i
s â I AM THAT I AMâ ! Do you know who â I AMâ is? â I AMâ is JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF!
Do you know that in the Knightsâ Templar degree, one of their degrees, the lodge
has a Bible on the altar, a skull on top of that and wine in the skull; and you
take a sip. Only one person does this for everybody. He takes a sip of the wi
ne, and then part of the obligation was that if he violates that obligation, no
t only your sins but the sins of the person whose brain resided in the skull, an
d the sins of Judas Iscariot would be upon you.
No Christian should ever, ever be a Mason.
I just want to deal with one scripture, the prayer of the Chaplain. In the Maso
nic ritual, the Chaplainsâ prayer says â Most Holy and Glorious Lord God, Great Archi
tect of the Universeâ , So thatâ s who youâ re talking to, right? â Thou hast promised
e two or three are gathered in Thy name, Thou wilt be in the midst.â Does that so
und scriptural to you? Well, almost.
The Scripture is, â Where two or three are gathered in MY NAME, I will be in their
midstâ . And the difference is their â Thyâ refers to the Masonic god, JAHBULON. In t
e real Scripture, the â MYâ refers to JESUS CHRIST!
Thereâ s the big difference. You see, the name of JESUS canâ t be mentioned in the l
odge room. Not even by a Grand Chaplain to end his prayer.
Dear Christian, is youâ re a Mason, I plead with you to hear my words. Run from Fr
eemasonry to save your own soul.
And women, if youâ re in a Masonic-related body, the Amaranth, the Eastern Star, t
he White Shrine, RUN FROM THEM!
If the base and the foundation of Masonry is rotten, you donâ t want to be on the f
ourteenth floor of a building with a crumbling foundation, do you? Well, let me
tell you, its not just the foundation that crumbling, the structure is too.
Did you know that the Eastern Star symbol is the inverted Five-pointed star? No
w Iâ m going to share with you about this star.
One of the founders of the Eastern Star, the man who wrote all the ritual, Rob M
orris, chose that five-pointed star. He selected it for a specific reason out o
f Mythology; it is the Goat of Mendez! And ladies did you know that the Goat of
Mendez is the god of lust? What a jokester that Mason was. How blasphemous!
That he would choose a symbol for his wife and his children to be a part of that
is the Goat of Mendez, the god of lust.
Well, they donâ t think of it that way. Let me show you. An extended debate, in M
ichigan, yielded this result on whether or not to change the symbol. "This embl
em, which has been our symbol, although evil, has been redeemed by the good work
s of its members. " This symbol, although evil, Who said it was evil? The Gra
nd Chapter of the State of Michigan! ...Has been redeemed by the good works of
its members. Biblical salvation is through Christ alone, Never by good works!
Iâ m not going to give an altar call here. Iâ m going to do it just the reverse. Iâ m
oing to call you to run FROM an altar this morning. If youâ re a Mason, Iâ m calling
you to run from that Masonic altar.
Iâ m going to call women in the Eastern Star and the Amaranth to run from their Mas
onic meeting place, from that altar, get out! Donâ t stay for a friend, Donâ t stay f
or a relative. Donâ t stay for a Masonic funeral.
Continuance in this cultic, demonic diversion from the Christian walk WILL sente
nce you to HELL! Thatâ s according to Godsâ Word, not mine. You may not have anothe
r day.
If youâ re not in, stay out! You see, salvation is not by works as Masons claim.
Salvation is only by Godsâ grace through JESUS CHRIST and HIS shed blood. And if
you donâ t believe that, youâ re not a Christian! And if you do believe it, Dear Fr
iend, You should NOT be a Mason!
I really thank you for taking the time and for letting me unburden my heart th
is morning on this subject. To let you know why I came out of Masonry. I hope
you understand the love and concern that compelled me to do that. Yes, even at
the risk of my very life.
Charles G. Finney documents is his book seven men who have lost their lives. My
son, Mark was at a meeting with me Saturday and he told me he was concerned ab
out a person that was there. Because he was afraid of what might happen. He doe
snâ t want to lose his father, but he knows that if, if I should die, I win.
You know, when I came out of Masonry, I called my son as he got home from school
and told him that Iâ d left the Masonic Fraternity. It was just one year after I w
as elected Grand Chaplain and he stood in the highest place of honor, and placed
on my neck the Grand Chaplainsâ jewel.
You know what he said? You know what he told me? "Dad, Iâ ve been praying for that
for two years." A son of mine had been praying that Iâ d come out of Masonry! He
even had a video tape to explain Masonry in the house! But because it wasnâ t the
right time, he let it go.
I called my daughter. I told her that night that I came out of Masonry. You kno
w what she said? "Iâ m glad, Dad. Praise The Lord! Iâ ve been praying for that for
four years! " I didnâ t come out easy. But I came out with a lot of friends!
Dear Christian Friends, donâ t be upset if a member of your family is in Masonry.
You pray. If youâ re a Mason, hear my words and come out, so the people donâ t have t
o continue to pray for you, year after year after year! And the people of God sa
id: Amen
They Say, We Have Seen His Star in the East
And Are Come to Worship Him!
Evangelist Deloris Johnson
10831 SW 156th Street
Miami, FL 33157
In addressing the issue on the Order of the Eastern Star, or it's parent organi
zation, The Masonic Lodge, many well intentioned people have joined the ranks o
f these Orders on the presupposition that they are based on the belief in the t
rue and living God. However, a closer examination of its origin, character, adep
ts, rituals, and the similarity of rites performed in the mystery religions of a
ntiquity will no doubt challenge every sincere individual, to weigh the facts as
to who is being worshipped in these Orders.
The message then, is not one of condemnation, but rather an appeal to those who
love God, and are dedicated to His worship alone.
The Order of the Eastern Star takes it's name and general motto from Matthew 2:2
b, "For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him." (1)
"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the King, be
hold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, where is he that i
s born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to
worship him.
The wise men came from the east to Jerusalem in search for this new born King, i
n order to worship him. The star did not appear to them in the east, but appeare
d to them from the west. Israel was forbidden to worship the host of heaven, whi
ch consists of the sun, moon, and stars.
"And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and
the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to wor
ship them, and serve them, which the Lord thy God hath divided unto all nations
under the whole heaven." (Deuteronomy 4:19)
In the Bible, we find and account of idolatrous worship restored by Manasseh in
the house of the Lord, that God considered evil and an abominable practice like
unto the heathens.
"Also he built altars in the house of the Lord, whereof the Lord had said, In Je
rusalem shall my name be for ever. and he built altars for all the host of heave
n in the two courts of the house of the Lord. And he caused his children to pass
through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, an
d used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and
with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to a
"And he set a carved image, the idol which he had made, in the house of God, of
which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusa
lem which I have chosen before all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name for
ever . . ." (II Chronicles 33:4-7, 9)
So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse
than all the heathen whom the Lord had destroyed before the children of Israel.
The Masonic temple, is supposed to be a prototype of Solomon's Temple, which was
in those days, the house of God. In Masonic symbolism, the temple of mortal lif
e is symbolically represented by the Temple of King Solomon which was on Mount M
Like Manasseh, it is therefore possible to be engaged in idolatrous worship even
in an edifice erected to God. In Amos 5:26, Israel was guilty of having a taber
nacle for the images of their god.
"But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star
of your god, which ye made to your selves. Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Mo
loch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: a
nd I will carry you away beyond Babylon (Acts 7:43)
The wise men who came in search for Christ, were not preoccupied with his star,
except that, it made them aware that a King was born. They sought the one for wh
om the star represented, and his name was Jesus.
If those who are involved in Eastern Star are really seeking the King represent
ed by that star, then Jesus would be the central focus of all that is done to th
e end that souls are saved; and less emphasis would be placed on going through a
labyrinth of rituals, and taking oaths of secrecy, but rather to the altar in r
epentance and true salvation, recognizing the cross and the shed blood of Jesus
To the Mason or Eastern Star the East has other special significance. Not in the
sense of seeing Christ's star, but symbolically in gaining power and knowledge.
The East is one of the four cardinal points. It is the direction in which the su
n rises and consequently the East symbolizes power and knowledge.
The woman in the East is symbolic of knowledge and the man in the East symbolize
s justice. Since all virtuous and desirable things are found symbolically repres
ented in the Chapter Room, it becomes the duty of the Man and the Woman in the E
ast to see that all of these elements are preserved. It is equally the duty of a
ll of the officers and members alike to see that none of these things is defiled
. (3)
The question then is, what is the insignia of the Eastern Star representative of
? Is it the light of Christ or of Satan who transforms himself into an angel of
light, according to II Corinthians 11:14?
Origin and History
Adoptive Lodges such as the Eastern Star have existed during different periods
in Masonic history. It's degrees were considered to be Androgynous, or degrees f
or both men and women; but because of lack of uniformity it's efforts usually fa
Masonry for women, or Adoptive Lodges, of various kinds, would spring up from ti
me to time. The widow of Charles I of England, daughter of Henry IV, and sister
of Louis XIII of France, is said to have been the author of Adoptive Masonry, in
the seventeenth century. She is said to have formed a society of women to whom
she communicated certain signs and passwords.
In 1712, in Russia, Catherine the Czarina obtained from Peter the Great, permis
sion to found the Order of St. Catherine, an Order of Knighthood for women only,
of which she was proclaimed Grand Mistress. This was a quasi Masonic body.
In the eighteenth century there were four Grand Mistresses of the Order of St. J
ohn of Jerusalem, which was an emanation of early Masonry.
There is also a story to the effect that Female Freemasonry originated in Hollan
d in 1741, through a woman who secretly witnessed the initiation of her father i
nto the Masonic Order. This is scarcely credited.
In 1771 the Order of Perseverance was established at Paris by several Nobles and
Ladies. It was said to have originated in Poland, but had little of the Masonic
Character about it.
The real date of the establishment of Adoptive Masonry in France, however, may b
e placed as 1775, when the Duchess of Bourbon was appointed to the position of G
rand Mistress of Adoptive Masonry. Her installation was a very fashionable funct
ion, in which about a thousand persons of the elite of French society are said t
o have assisted.
In 1801 Adoptive Masonry established itself in Holland, where it reigned until J
une, 1810, when it was peremptorily forbidden.
Adoptive Degrees
The Adoptive Rite consisted of four degrees: Apprentice, Companion, Mistress and
Perfect Mistress. The first degree was purely symbolical and introductory, inte
nded rather to improve the mind than to convey any definite idea of the institut
The second degree depicted the scene of the temptation in Eden, and the Companio
n was reminded in a lecture of the penalty incurred by the fall.
The third degree alluded to the Tower of Babel an the confusion of tongues as a
symbol of a badly regulated lodge, while Jacob's Ladder was introduced as a mora
l lesson of order and harmony.
The fourth degree represented Moses and Aaron and their wives, and the sons of A
aron. The ceremonies referred to the passage of the Red Sea by the Israelites, a
nd the degree was said to symbolize the passage of men from the world of change
and discord to a pure land of rest and peace.
The officers of a Lodge of Adoption consisted of Grand Master, Grand Mistress, O
rator, Inspector, Inspectress, Depositor, Depositrix, Conductor, and Conductress
. The business of each lodge was conducted by the Sisters, the Brethren being lo
oked upon as assistants only.
The room was divided into four sections: the west representing Europe; the east,
Asia; the south, Africa; and north, America. Two thrones were erected in the Ea
st for the Grand Master and the Grand Mistress, before them was placed an altar,
while to their right and left were placed eight statues representing Wisdom, Pr
udence, Strength, Temperance, Honor, Charity, Justice and Truth.
The members sat in two rows, to right and left, at right angles to the two presi
ding officers: the Brethren armed with swords in the back rows, and the Sisters
in the front rows. (4)
Eventually, many societies or adoptive rites were organized in the United States
; none were successful until 1868, when Mr. Robert Morris of Kentucky, developed
the degrees in its Initiatory form and giving the order the name, The Eastern S
His aim was to involve female relatives of masons, who up to this time, were not
eligible to receive Masonic degrees. Through Adoptive Masonry, women were inst
ructed on the proper mode of recognition when among Masons, how to use signs, pa
sses and Cabalistic mottos in order to secure help in times of distress. Likewis
e, the Masons would be able to enlist support from the women for their charitabl
e endeavors.
The first chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star was organized in Mississippi
before the Civil war, but interest lagged until the organization was perfected i
n 1868. Robert Morris, the inventor of the Order, was a Mason in high standing,
and the author of Masonic textbooks of standard authority with the craft. The Or
der of the Eastern Star is modeled after Freemasonry to a certain extent, and ha
s been called Adoptive Masonry, or the Adoptive Rite (5)
The history of the Eastern Star can be broken up into three era's, which are:
The first Era extended from 1850 to 1866, under the leadership of Dr. Rob Morris
, Poet Laureate of Masonry.
The Second Era extended from 1860 to 1876, under the leadership of Robert MaCoy
of New York.
The Third Era extends from 1876, when the General Grand Chapter, Order of the Ea
stern Star, was established, to the present time. (6)
In the Eastern Star, there are three governing bodies: (1) General Grand Chapter
, (2) Grand Chapter, and (3) Subordinate chapters. On 24 February 1937, the ded
ication for the International Eastern Star Temple and headquarters took place in
what was once the Perry Belmont Mansion, in Washington, D.C.
Officer Stations of the Eastern Star
A complete chapter requires 17 officers, with not less than nine officers presen
t when conferring degrees.
The chapter is symbolically arranged to represent the four cardinal points of th
e compass. Situated in the East are the Worthy Patron, and the Worthy Matron. In
the West is the Associate Matron. In the North is the Associate Conductress and
in the South is the Conductress.
The other officers are the Treasurer, Secretary, Chaplain, Marshall, Warder, Sen
tinel, and organist which are stationed in various areas within the chapter.
In the center of the chapter is a five pointed star with an altar and an open Bi
ble. The five pointed star also represents the five points of Fellowship in Maso
nry. (Foot-to-foot, knee-to-knee, breast-to-breast, hand-to-back, and cheek-to-c
It is here that the five Central Jewels are stationed; representing the offices
of the five heroines honoring each degree. There is a special significance ascr
ibed to each. Each ray consists of the five mystical colors. Four of the degrees
are associated with the seasons or equinoxes and solstices.
Heroine Mystical Season Foundation
Degree: Colors: Eg./Sol: Flower: Stone:
Adah Blue Spring Violet Turquoise
Ruth Yellow Summer Jasmine Topaz
Esther White Lily Diamond
Martha Green Winter Fern Emerald
Electa Red Autumn Rose Ruby
Initiation and Ritual
After the chapter is officially called to order by the Worthy Patron, the Worthy
Matron presides in the east. The officers take their stations, and at the prope
r time, each officer declares the purpose of their office. After the regular bus
iness meeting takes place, if there are any candidates to be received by initiat
ion, the Associate Conductress goes to the preparation room and begins to prepar
e the Candidate(s).
A.C.: Do you believe in a Divine Being, who is God of the Universe?
Candidate: Yes, I do.
A.C.: Friend, this life is a labyrinth through which we all roam blindly and, al
as, all too frequently in ignorance. It is well to learn from the experience of
others, profiting by their wisdom and example. Those whom experience has taught
may impart their knowledge to the unenlightened. Allow me therefore, as one who
knows the intricate mazes of our Rite, to act as your counselor at this time, pr
eparing you for the ceremonies of initiation.
[Following this speech the Associate Conductress proceeds in the preparation of
the candidate, removing her hat, gloves and wrap. She then throws a thin white v
eil over the head and face of the candidate and conducts her to the door leading
into the Chapter room. The associate Conductress gives the usual raps.] (7)
From this point on, more dialogue takes place as the Associate Conductress escor
ts the candidate(s) waiting to receive the degrees of the Order. The lights may
be lowered and soft music played during the entrance of the candidate and the f
ollowing speech of the Conductress. The Conductress opens the door and leads the
candidate into the room. (8)
More dialogue take place in which the candidate is introduced to the officers. T
he candidate (s) is welcomed into the chapter and is told the purpose of the Ord
er of the Eastern Star. Each candidate is asked to make a solemn pledge before t
he secrets of the degrees are communicated.
"But before I can communicate to you the secrets of the Eastern Star degrees, wh
ereby you can make yourselves known to Masons, it is necessary that each of you
should make a solemn pledge of honor that those secrets shall be kept inviolably
in your possession.
For any one of you to go out and expose to others what we so secretly tell you h
ere would not only be fatal to your own character for truth, but would destroy a
ll the advantages of the Order itself. Its great value consists in its being kep
t in the hands of proper persons. I am happy to inform you that, although many t
housands of ladies have received it, and they, scattered through every section o
f the country, no instance is on record of any lady having dishonorably exposed
it. Nor, indeed, do we fear that such a misfortune can ever occur.
A lady who makes us a pledge of honor, such as I require of you, pledges her ver
y soul; the honor of a woman is more to her than life itself. Those of you, ther
efor, who give us such security, may safely be trusted with our most cherished s
ecrets. (9)
The candidate being willing to assume the obligation, pledges her soul in exchan
ge of receiving the secrets of the Order. The Conductress leads the candidate to
the altar to receive the obligation.
The candidate is led to the Altar while music is played or sung. While she kneel
s, facing the East, a Bible is placed in her hands. She holds it open against he
r breast, fingers interlaced over the book, thumbs holding the edges against her
breast. The music continues softly. The Worthy Patron calls the Chapter to rise
(by the three gavel blows), and he himself takes his position at the East of th
e altar. He gives the Obligation, which is repeated by the candidate. (10)

After the chapter is seated, the 'Covenant of Adoption' is shared with the cand
idate (s). The 'Covenant of Adoption is a spiritual submission to the authority
of Masonry and its god. The candidate comes into relationship with and is a part
aker of the rights and privileges of the Order. Yet, in Romans 8:15, it says,
"For we have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have recei
ved the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father."
The Conductress takes the candidate around the star to the first degree represen
ted by "Adah" or the first ray. As the initiate is taken through the labyrinth,
she is taught signs and passes that are used to open the "Five Gates of the Orde
If the purpose of the Order is to worship Jesus; Christ himself said, "I am the
way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14
No where in scripture does it instruct the church that in order to worship the L
ord, or to be recognized by other believers, we must pledge our souls in order t
o take an obligation, receiving secret signs and passes as part of our worship.
There are five degrees in the Eastern Star represented by five heroines, whose s
tories allegedly are based on the scriptures. To study the different text as pre
sented in the Bible, in contrast to that found in the degrees is quite a notable
In the first degree, or Daughter's Degree, we find an allusion to the story of J
ephtah's daughter found in the eleventh chapter of the book of Judges. Jephtah,
in desiring that the Ammonites be delivered into his hands, made a vow to God sa
"Then it shall be, that whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet
me, when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord
's, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering." (Judges 11:31)
Further study reveals that upon his return, his daughter, (name not given in scr
ipture), was the first to come out to meet him. Seeing her, he rent his clothes,
because he could not go back on his vow. The truth of the matter is that his da
ughter was not killed.
"And she said unto him, My father, if thou hast opened thy mouth unto the Lord,
do to me according to that which hath proceeded out of thy mouth; for as much as
the Lord hath taken vengeance for thee of thine enemies, even of the children o
f Ammon.
And she said unto her father, Let this thing be done for me: let me alone two mo
nths, that I may go up and down upon the mountains, and bewail my virginity, I a
nd my fellows.
And he said, Go. And he sent her away for two months: and she went with her comp
anions, and bewailed her virginity upon the mountains.
And it came to pass as the end of two months, that she returned unto her father,
who did with her according to his vow which he had vowed: and she knew no man.
And it was a custom in Israel, that the daughters of Israel went yearly to lamen
t the daughter of Jephtah the Gileadite four days in a year." (Judges 11:36-40).
Contrary to the scriptures, the sign of this degree alludes to Adah's refusal of
having her face covered before being killed.
SIGN: "A lady having a veil on, in the usual manner, first pulls it down over he
r face, then three times in succession raises it, by taking one corner with the
right and the other with the left hand, and when lifting it the third time throw
s the veil over the top of her head, and holding on to the corner looks up . . .
A Mason seeing this sign takes a card, writes his name on one side of it, and o
n the other writes,
Alas, my daughter! Which is the pass." (11)
The second degree, is the "Widow's Degree", which is taken from the story of Rut
h. In the book of Ruth, it tells the story of a family from Bethlehem-Judah, who
during the time of famine moved to Moab. After continuing there the husband of
Naomi died. Later her two sons, Mahlon and Chilion died, who were married to wom
en of Moab.
Sometime thereafter, Naomi heard how that the Lord had visited his people, decid
ed to return back to her homeland. It was then she encouraged both her daughter-
in-laws to return to their families. But it was Ruth who refused to leave her si
"And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after
thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: t
hy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die,
and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if aught but de
ath part thee and me.
(Ruth 1:16-17)
The story in this degree, is portrayed differently. Ruth was of the nation of Mo
ab, an idolatrous people. She married a man named Mahlon, formerly a citizen of
Bethlehem, who had taken up his residence in the land of Moab, where he died. He
was a worshiper of God, and by his pious example and teachings she was converte
d to the true religion. a few happy years followed, and then the calamity of wid
owhood came upon her. Upon his death-bed he solemnly exhorted her, for her soul'
s sake, to leave the dangerous company in which she would be thrown, and go to t
he city of Bethlehem, where dwelt the people of God. (12)
The scriptures, do not support the details presented in this degree in that Malh
on was a true worshiper of God and as a result, Ruth was converted. It was her m
other-in-law that she was so drawn to and made a commitment to serve her God.
SIGN: "Take anything convenient, as a handkerchief or newspaper, in each hand, t
o represent handfuls of barley heads, filling the hands and sticking out a few i
nches. Then extend the hands in front as if to display their contents, and next
cross the wrists on the breast, the contents of each hand pointing upward toward
the shoulders, also looking upward. The sign alludes to Ruth holding out two ha
ndfuls of barley to Boaz, and appealing mutely to God. A Mason seeing this sign,
writes his name on one side of a card, and on the other writes, "Who is this?"
which is the pass of this degree." (13)
The third degree, is the "Wife's Degree", based on the story of Esther, who beca
me queen in place of Vashti. After Mordecai learned of Haman's plot to kill the
Jews, he sent messages to Esther, part of which he said,
". . Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more tha
n all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shal
l there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but th
ou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art c
ome to the kingdom for such a time as this? (Esther 4:13b-14)
In this degree, please note that it is explained that Esther, often gave counsel
to the king and that he often admitted his indebtedness to her. "No sooner did
she learn of this cruel edict than she promptly resolved to save her people or p
erish in the same destruction. The king had often admitted his indebtedness to h
er any request she might make of him, even 'to the half of the kingdom' . ." (14
SIGN: "Lay open right hand on the breast, then on top of head, then throw hand f
orward and upward, palm out, and height of the eyes.
The sign alludes to the manner of Queen Esther's appearance before King Ahasueru
s, as explained in the history of the degree.
A Mason seeing this sign writes on one side of a card his name, and on the other
side, "What wilt thou?" which is the pass of this degree, and presents the card
to the lady." (15)
The fourth degree or "Sister's Degree" is based on the story of Martha whose bro
ther Lazarus had died and was brought back to life by Jesus, found in St. John 1
1:1-45. According to this degree,
" . . The structure of Freemasonry in its obligations, emblems, and principles i
s so peculiar, that we, Master Masons, above all other men, are taught to respec
t undeviating faith in the hour of trial. The great doctrines of Masonry are all
borrowed from the Bible. Our devotion to Masonry is chiefly founded upon this,
that we believe the Bible to be the Word of God, and therefore our principles, w
hich are derived from the Bible. were written by the finger of God . . ." (16)
In Morris' Dictionary, Article "Christian Masonry," we read:
"The Orders of Knight Templar and Knights of Malta together with many of the deg
rees and orders in Scotch Masonry are intensely Christian in their doctrines, th
eir ceremonies also embody events in the life of Christ. Some of the side and ad
optive degrees have the same reference i.e.., the Cross and Crown, etc. This fac
t of course forfeits the claim of such degrees and orders to be styled Universal
Masonry." (17)
SIGN: "Clasp hands, and kneeling, look upward in an imploring manner. The sign a
lludes to the appeal of Martha on first meeting Christ after the death of her br
other Lazarus.
A Mason seeing this sign writes his name on one side of a card, and on the other
writes, "Believest thou this?' which is the pass of this degree. He then hands
the lady the card. (18)
The Fifth is the Benevolent Degree or "Mother's Degree". It is taken from II Jo
hn, in which the elder mentioned in this scripture is referred to as the
the elect lady. No where is she mentioned as "Electa" as so named in this degree
. An elaborate story is told how that she came from a noble family, was wealthy,
and lived in a mansion. Years later, she faced martyrdom and would not recant h
er faith in Jesus Christ.
Subsequently, her family was put in a dungeon, and later martyred. The scripture
s do not support this.
SIGN: "Hands crossed on the breast as if clasping something to her bosom, at the
same time looking up. The sign alludes to Electa's clasping the crucifix to her
bosom, representing her love for the Saviour.
A Mason seeing this sign writes his name on one side of a card, and on the other
writes, 'Love one another,' which is the pass of this degree." (19)
After being received into the Order, prayer is made, the candidate (s) is remind
ed of the solemn obligation taken. The Conductress then assists by demonstration
. The cabalistic word is F.A.T.A.L., and the cabalistic motto which is, "Fairest
Among Thousands, Altogether Lovely."
Eastern Star Funeral and Memorial Service
When a member in good standing of the Eastern Star dies, the Chapter sends a flo
wer arrangement shaped as a five-pointed star, made up of the mystical colors of
the Order.
It is interesting to note that regardless of whether or not a person confesses C
hrist as Savior, by the mere fact of being in the Order, qualifies the deceased
to be in the company of the saints.
"W.M.: Sisters and Brethren, in this thoughtful hour we have met together to ten
der our offerings of respect and love for our departed sister, and to reveal our
sympathy for those to whom she was nearest and dearest. In the midst of our sor
row we are confronted with serious thoughts. We reflect that this dear sister bu
t yesterday was one of us, and today is gone, leaving this beautiful world of ou
rs for that building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens
She has passed beyond the influence of earthly praise or blame. She is ready fo
r the Divine summons, "Come ye blessed of my Father, receive the kingdom prepare
d for you from the beginning of the world."
Our sister walked among us in constancy and with courage, and in departing she h
as left a tender memory of her virtues and loveliness. She has finished her cour
se in faith, and she has laid hold on eternal life. Before our Altar she studied
with us the high principles of our order, and
hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. In her life she exemplif
ied the noble virtues taught in our Order.
She was true to her convictions of right, faithful to her duty, constant and loy
al to friends and family, hopeful and trusting, in time of trouble, and always c
haritable and truthful. Having served God with constancy on earth she will be he
reafter with the blessed company of His saints." (20)
Each year a memorial service is held to honor those members who have died during
the year. The altar is draped in black and an Urn and other items used by the d
eceased when they were alive are used in conjunction with music and songs. A lis
t of names are read and a speaker makes a memorial address.
In Ezekiel 8:14, a similar practice was taking place.
"Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord's house which was toward
the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz." (They were having
a memorial service for Tammuz.)
Tammuz was "a Syrian idol mentioned in Ez. viii. 14, where the women are repres
ented as weeping for it. It is generally supposed that Tammuz was the same deity
as the Phoenician Adonis. The fabled death and restoration of Adonis, supposed
to symbolize the departure and return of the sun, were celebrated at the summer
solstice with lamentations first, and then rejoicing and obscene revels." (21)
To get a better understanding of Tammuz, we must refer back to Nimrod, who accor
ding to Genesis 10:8-10, became a mighty one on the earth. He was a mighty hunte
r before the Lord and began to establish his kingdom, the first of which was Bab
el. Subsequently, he became the leader and king. This was the beginning of his k
Who is BAAL? (G.F. Taylor) - "Baal is a contraction of the Hebrew word Balal, m
eaning "to confound". It is from this same word that Babel is derived. So, in fa
ct, Baal and Babel come from the same word in Hebrew. At once, it becomes eviden
t that Baal, inasmuch as he was once a man, was a Babylonian. Just as we are cal
led Americans, from the name of the continent on which we live; just as others a
re called British, others French, etc.; so this man was called Baal, because he
was in some way connected with Babel . . ." (22)
The worship of Nimrod would become known as the worship of Baal. His wife Semira
mis was also worshipped as a goddess. As different cultures developed, this same
worship became known under different names.
In mythology, versions may differ in culture, but the nature of the legend is es
sentially the same of his death and resurrection. Which is also reenacted in the
Legend of Hiram Abiff. Not only did Nimrod become the sun or vegetation god, wh
o was also the reincarnated Tammuz, or son of Nimrod and Semiramis. In the Egypt
ian culture, this trinity is known as Isis, Osiris, and Horus.
"The Sumerians themselves knew that Ninurta was the same as the "vegetation god"
, Damuzi (or Tammuz), "son of the Appsu" - the shepherd of mankind whom classica
l mythology knew as Adonis and whose catastrophic departure or death became the
focus of ritual lamentations for many hundred of years. " (23)
In ancient ritual Saturn appears as the stationary sun or central fire at the no
rth celestial pole.
When Saturn ruled the world, his home was the summit of the world axis: with thi
s point all major traditions of the great father agree. Even today, in our celeb
ration of Christmas, we live under the influence of the polar Saturn. For as Man
ly P. Hall observes,
"Saturn, the old man who lives at the north pole, and brings with him to the chi
ldren of men a sprig of evergreen (the Christmas tree), is familiar to the littl
e folks under the name Santa Claus.
"Santa Claus, descending yearly from his polar home to distribute gifts around t
he world, is a muffled echo of the Universal Monarch, the primordial Osiris, Yam
a, or Kronos spreading miraculous good fortune. His polar abode, which might app
ear as an esoteric aspect of the story, is in fact an ancient and central ingred
ient. Saturn, the "best sun" and king of the world, ruled from the polar zenith.
But while popular tradition locates Santa Clause at the Geographical pole, the
earlier traditions place his prototype, the Universal Monarchy, at the celestial
pole, the pivot of the revolving heavens." (24)
"In the ancient Egyptian Heb-Sed festival," he goes on, " the king ascends to th
e throne of Osiris, where he is deified as the great god's successor. To certify
his authority as Universal Monarch, he launches four arrows toward the four cor
ners, then assumes his throne, turning to the four cardinal points in succession
"By facing the four directions the king repeats the feat of the great god; for t
he Universal Monarch, occupying the steadfast center (or fifth region), ceaseles
sly turned round about, sending his rays of life through the four divisions of u
nified space.
"The classical historian Diodorus tells us that when the name Osiris is translat
ed into Greek it means "many-eyed" - "and properly so; for in shedding his rays
in every direction he surveys with many eyes, as it were, all land and sea." T
o Osiris, Herodotus compares the Greek Dionysus - a god who, in the Bacchic Hymn
, shines "like a star, with a fiery eye in every ray."
"By facing the four directions and by sending forth the four directional streams
, the Universal Monarch becomes the god of four faces or four eyes.
Homage to thee, O thou who hast four faces,
reads a line of the Pyramid Texts. Osiris, as the Ram of Mendes, is the god of
four faces on one neck.
"The Hindu Atharva Veda speaks of the "four heavenly directions, having the wind
as lord, upon which the sun looks out." This, or course, can only be the centra
l sun, who is Brahma, a god of four faces. The myths also attribute four faces t
o Shiva. The central sun Pragapati takes the form of the four-eyed, four-faced,
and four-armed Vivvakarman, the "all maker." Agni, too, faces
in all directions,
as does Krishna . . .
". . . There can no longer be any doubt that the four-eyed or four-faced god is
Saturn, for the sun-planet appears in Babylonian myth as Ea (Sumerian Enki) - a
god of four eyes that "Behold all things." The Phoenician El-Saturn has four eye
s, as does the Orphic Kronos (Saturn). The Chinese Yellow Emperor Huang-ti _ ide
ntified as Saturn - is also four-eyed.
"The four eyes, or four faces, become intelligible only in connection with the f
ive regions - the polar center and the four divisions ranged around it.
"Residing at the immovable center of the Cosmos, Saturn was the stone or rock of
foundation - the prototype of the cornerstone (situated where the four corners
meet). The four beams of light which radiated from the Saturnian stone appeared
to sustain the world wheel at its "four corners", so that, in many myths, the li
fe-bearing streams are synonymous with the "four pillars of the world."
"In the mystical traditions reviewed by Manly P. Hall (Masonic, Hermetic, Qabali
stic, Rosicrucian, etc.), the planet Saturn looms as the elementary power of cre
ation. The planet-god "was always worshipped under the symbol of the base or foo
ting, inasmuch as he was considered to be the substructure upholding creation,"
states Hall. (25)
I know that this was a long series of quotes on the subject. But, notice the sim
ilarities of the rays or four cardinal points and the role of the Worthy Patron
(Master Mason), whose throne is in the east, in comparison with and the worship
of the star-god, Saturn.
The five-pointed star or Pentagram, is the signet of the Order of the Eastern St
ar. Yet, it is known by many other names in Occult circles, such as, Sirus, the
Blazing Star, and the Pentalpha. This star is not the "star of Bethlehem", but i
s commonly used in ritual magic. It's prince is not Jesus Christ . . . but the p
rince of darkness.
Mr. Larry Kunk, cited a very interesting statement made by Mr. Albert Pike, "Luc
ifer, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Dar
kness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with i
ts splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual, or selfish Souls? Doubt it not!
The star is also the symbol of Baphomet of Mendes, (the Satanic Goat), or Osiris
, which is the centerpiece of "Adoptive Masonry", the order of the Eastern Star.
1 Shirley Plessner, Symbolism of the Eastern Star (Chicago: The Charles T.
Powner Co., 1956), pp. 195-196.
2 James Strong, S.T.D., LL.D., Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bibl
e (Lynchburg: The Old Time Gospel Hour) p. 63 ref. #4481.
3 Shirley Plessner, Symbolism of the Eastern Star (Chicago: The Charles T.
Powner Co., 1956), pp. 50-51.
4 F.A. Bell, Order of the Eastern Star (Chicago: Ezra A. Cook Publications
, Ltd., 1992), pp. 12-15.
5 Ibid., p. 18.
6 General Grand Chapter, History of the Order of the Eastern Star (Chicago
: The Charles T. Powner Co., 1989), p. 18.
7 F.A. Bell, Order of the Eastern Star (Chicago: Ezra A. Cook Publications
, Ltd., 1992), pp. 61-62.
8 Ibid., p. 63.
9 Thomas Lowe, Adoptive Masonry Eastern Star Ritual (Chicago: Ezra A. Cook
Publications) pp. 23-24.
10 F.A. Bell, Order of the Eastern Star (Chicago: Ezra A. Cook Publications
, Ltd., 1992), p. 66.
11 Thomas Lowe, Adoptive Masonry Eastern Star Ritual (Chicago: Ezra A. Cook
Publications) p. 31.
12 Ibid., 36-37.
13 Ibid., 39.
14 Ibid., 44.
15 Ibid., 46.
16 Ibid., 53.
17 Ibid., 54.
18 Ibid., 52.
19 Ibid., 59.
20 F.A. Bell, Order of the Eastern Star (Chicago: Ezra A. Cook Publications
, Ltd., 1992), 197-198.
21 William Smith, Smith's Bible Dictionary (Westwood: Barbour and Company,
Inc., 1987), 300.
22 International Seminary, Be Successful in Your Ministry I (Plymouth: Inte
rnational Seminary), Series: 2/Lecture: 31 p.2.
23 David N. Talbott, The Saturn Man (Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1980
), 17.
24 Ibid., 42.
25 Ibid., 133-134.
26 Larry Kunk, Freemasonry: The Secret Doctrine (Fishers: Ephesians 5:11, 9
3), 22.
Bell, F.A. Order of the Eastern Star. Chicago: Ezra A. Cook Publications, 1992.
General Grand Chapter. History of the Order of the Eastern Star. Chicago: Charle
s T. Powner Co., 1989.
Kunk, Larry. Freemasonry: The Secret Doctrine: Ephesians 5:11, 1993.
Lowe, Thomas. Adoptive Masonry Eastern Star Ritual. Chicago: Ezra A. Cook, Publi
Plessner, Shirley. Symbolism of the Eastern Star. Chicago: The Charles T. Powner
Co., 1956.
Smith, William. Smith's Bible Dictionary. Westwood: Barbour Books, 1987.
Strong, S.T.D., Ll.D., James. Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. Lync
hburg: The Old-Time Gospel Hour, unknown.
Talbott, David N. The Saturn Man. Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1980.
Beware The Evil Workers
Rev. Daniel D. Carlen
504 Spring Valley Drive
Columbia, TN 38401
I'm from Tennessee, the Columbia area, down where the new Saturn car is being ma
de. I live just down the road from the great big Saturn plant. In our county we
still have sheriffs, and they are a real tough bunch. Everyone has their favorit
e Sheriff story. One of the local pastors called up our county sheriff and he sa
id, "Sheriff, could you send one of your men by? I've got a dead skunk in my dri
veway." And the sheriff, very perturbed said, "Now wait just a minute, we are bu
sy, we are trying to enforce the law, serve papers on people and you want me to
come by and pick up a dead skunk?" And the pastor kind of thought about it for j
ust a moment and he said, 'Yes I do. " The sheriff said, " Now wait a minute, do
n't you preachers bury the dead?" and the Pastor said, "well, yes we do . That's
why I called. Normally we notify the next of kin first. "
The history of the Church of Jesus Christ is a history of attack from without an
d from within. This is particularly true, as we know, from the book of Acts, cha
pters Four and Five. Immediately, from its inception the Church was attacked.
I mean immediately! We see that today it hasn't stopped, it continues and what
we hear at this conference today just helps to verify that we are dealing with a
ge old principles that have come all the way down through history from Satan's f
irst appearance among mankind in Genesis, chapter Three. The principle indeed wa
s established.
Now, as one who relishes the study of church history, both in the Word of God an
d without, I have found that a whole lot of skunks have taken up residence withi
n the Church. In fact, I found that these skunks tend to drive more people out t
he door than they draw in. As we think about this comparison, I think that as p
astors, we are too often relegated to the task of being caretakers of the dead.
You know what I'm saying.
If there is one thing I have noticed in my ministry, it is that we tend to get
accustomed to and comfortable with the odor of skunks in our midst. When the fre
sh air of the Word of God comes in with the freshness of the power of the Holy S
pirit, it blows a fire across the congregation and the firemen will come in and
the skunks will rise up. There will be the firemen trying to put out the fire an
d those skunks will be releasing their odor trying to drive out the fresh smell
of the Holy Spirit. And a lot of the saints go out the back door. And the pastor
is left to be the caretaker of the dead even more so. That's a true picture of
more churches than we would want to admit to.
So we are faced with how do we handle that situation. I found in the book of Phi
lippi such comfort. I thought that today as I prepared this I wanted to bring so
mething that was not from a stand point of being an expert on Freemasonry, becau
se that I am not. I in fact, I confess I'm very much a novice at this. But I am
an expert on being a pastor trying to live through a death grip battle with th
e skunks in the congregation.
"Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the
same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.
Watch out for those dogs, those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh.
For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who
glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh-- (Phil. 3:1-3 )
As I began to develop my message for this conference, I realized that the Phili
ppian churches had some of the same skunk problems as the church in Mount Pleasa
nt, where I pastored. I was the pastor of First Baptist church of Mount Pleasa
nt from 1987 to 1993 and in my years of ministry there I, unfortunately, got to
know the skunks better than I got to know those with the sweet smell of the Ho
ly Spirit.
I knew them all too well, had many meetings with them over the years, but I did
n't really perceive where of the odor was coming from. I really didn't understa
nd the root cause of the spiritual conflict and oppression that I felt. As my mi
nistry continued and I began to realize as I was dealing with the situation as a
novice, the power of prayer became such a key important thing in my life.
If you know anything about your pastor, whatever his or your background, please
pray for him. You need to pray for him to have discernment and some spiritual se
nsitivity. With these things in mind, I want to share three things with you of f
rom Philippians 3:2.
Paul writes to this very new church at Philippi, still in its infant stage, a ch
urch that was made up of Roman military soldiers, by and large most of them reti
red. Augustus Ceasar had sent them way out on the frontier to kind of be a buffe
r for all the hordes that might come out of Asia to bring down the Roman Empire.
They built the wonderful place of Philippi, what a well-known place it was inde
ed. It prospered and grew.
One of the key things about Philippi you must know is the Philippian church was
made up of predominantly military families who had been planted there. They wer
e so accustomed to authority that when Paul came on the scene and shared Jesus C
hrist, they immediately came under the authority of Jesus Christ and the church
became a glorious church.
Many joyous things are written there but there was also a hint of problems in th
e church and a concern, a warning that Paul wanted to leave with them. And the t
hree thing that Paul warned them about, pertain to many of the things going on
in our churches today, whether you are in an established work or a new work like
I am. I unfold these three, I would like to tell you briefly, my story.
The first warning was to beware of the dogs. You know, the dogs start barking f
or your dismissal in the church, I found out. But you have to be aware of the d
ogs and to know what a dog is. you've got to define terms. And as you think of
the term dog, it is from the Greek word, "Kuon," from which we get the word, "C
anis", or canine. The word does not refer to a household pet, but to the prowli
ng, untamed ones without a home or owner. They were scavengers, garbage eaters.
They didn't have garbage disposals in those days. So, guess where they threw th
e garbage? Even Jesus had to deal with this. They threw it out into the streets.
Not only was it the garbage and the left overs, these dogs ate, but also the
refuse from the slop jars. And believe me, you knew where skunks were in thos
e days.
So when Paul said to beware of dogs, those were the types to which he referred.
The word, Beware, in the Greek is "Blepo," and is a military term, (remember t
he Philippians were of a military type), and it meant to be consistently on t
he look out.
In other words, even as they put the sentries in the towers who were to be cons
tantly on guard, so were they to beware of the scavenging dogs among the church,
always looking for the easy prey. Something that was laying around ready to b
e taken.
Where do the dogs go in our churches? They are going to go where they can eat t
heir fill, where they know they can control, where they know they can control t
he pastor, have authority over the board and they can also have influence over
the congregation. That's where the dogs go to scavenge.
Folks I was such a naive pastor. I came to Mount Pleasant in 1987 and about a
year later a man transferred up from Lawrenceford, Tennessee, taking over the m
anagement position in the power company and as he and his wife joined our chur
ch. He was an older gentleman and quite distinguished . when he came into our
congregation, we found out he was a deacon in his previous church
In our constitution, if you are a deacon in a Baptist church and you transfer i
n, after one year you can also become a deacon in the new church. Well, this man
looked so good that after a couple of months, some of the other deacons were tr
ying to get him to become actively involved in the leadership of our church.
"No," he said. "I just want to wait awhile and I really just need to take a brea
k for awhile." In the meantime, he felt out the church, stalked the church, lo
oked around, went to classes, and then, he began to throw parties. He was just
finishing up his new home and began to have parties there. Then he began to ente
rtain at the church. He bought meat, gave it to the church, came over, cooked it
. He suddenly became the center for a lot of fellowship. Folks, he got a follow
ing, do you know what I'm saying? He got a following.
He went into a particular Sunday school class where the city mayor was and went
into that class and the next thing you know he had a couple of key manufacturing
guys in that class and some very key people in the church. It wasn't long after
that when I began to notice that there was a new element of real negativism
that I couldn't put my finger on that was growing in the church.
Well, this man became head of the building and planning commission. We had gone
into a building program and he joined that committee and became chairman. The n
ext thing you know we are rocking along and it seems like we're on the way, the
church is growing. When I got there we had something like 80 people in Sunday sc
hool and after a couple of years we were running 130 to 140, maxing out after my
third year at 150.
Things sure looked good on paper. But, along the way I just didn't realize that
there was an odor in the church and where exactly the problem was coming from.
I wasn't bewaring of dogs, you see! I was just creeping along, being a pastor,
doing what I thought I ought to do. I was teaching the Word, going out visiting,
trying to make some disciples and I was on my knees. After about the third year
I began to feel this terrible oppression. I couldn't explain it.
I'd come out to the pulpit Sunday morning, from the choir (I also sang in the ch
oir, trying to do too much, really) and it would be like I'm fighting my way thr
ough the demons. I'd look out there in the audience and they'd put on their sad
worship faces, you know. It's hard for a pastor to get really cranked up in the
Word of God like that. They would stand up to sing, a good rejoicing Christian s
ong, and just sound like gloom. They would just look so sad.
Are we enjoying our worship service, I would ask myself. And I'd have these weir
d thoughts and I would feel this oppression fighting me at the pulpit. I'd pray
against this feeling but it was not until I got halfway through the introductio
n did I begin to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in my message.
Well, I saw in the paper that this particular individual was a member of a loca
l fraternal organization and I didn't think anything about it. After being a whi
le, he was on all these committees and all these things had come to pass. One
of the dear ladies in the church came to me after a particular funeral of one
of my members. He was on the rolls of the church. You know how it is. I came in
from Texas and all this time had never seen or heard of this man and he dies, a
nd there's a funeral in another town down the way.
Three of our members had gone to that funeral. They came back from there and thi
s lady said to me, "Well pastor, what in the world is Freemasonry?" And I said,
"I don't know, my grandfather was a mason, my grandmother was Eastern Star. I'l
l be honest with you, I really don't know much about it. I just always felt very
uncomfortable about anything secretive. God has just steered me away from it."
"Well, " she says, "I want you to find out about it, I have to know, I got the
heebee geebees down there at that funeral. This man was waving this stick ov
er this guy with this white cloth. What in the world are they doing? And they ne
ver mentioned the name of Jesus. What is it? What kind of a funeral is it for a
man who is a member of First Baptist Church? "
I didn't know, but he sure sounded like a dead one to me, though. I'm the type o
f guy that if you ask me to get into stuff like this I can't stay away from it.
So I started to pray about it. I wasn't really wanting to do it as quick as it h
appened though. I went to a Baptist bookstore to do something else and came acr
oss this weird book. It was entitled DEADLY DECEPTION and it caught my attention
. It was written by some guys named Jim Shaw and Tom McKenney. I picked it up
. I didn't know if it was worth the money or not. But I paid for it and took it
home with me.
I got to reading it, got to the back part in particular, and I started reading t
hat stuff. And I cried out, "Oh, Lord, why me?" I realized what I was into. I c
aught up with Tom McKenney somehow in Louisiana and I explained my situation.
I told him I needed to know resources and he gave me some. I called my brother i
n New Jersey who is in the used bookstore business out there. John shipped me a
whole bunch of those things Tom McKenney had referenced and as I began to go th
rough them, I got the heebee geebees. I began to know what that lady was talking
Then I got real concerned because this man who had become so important in our co
ngregation. I knew about him but what I realized was that I didn't know how man
y more were involved in this with him Paul said, "Beware of dogs!" Folks, I sta
rted knowing what it means to beware. I started looking around and started check
ing rings, emblems on the backs of cars, looking for anything that would give me
a clue.
Well the second thing I learned from the book of Philippians study was beware o
f evil workers. In the Greek the word is "Kakourgos", but here it's in the plura
l, but its a compound. The word, "kakos" means evil, in intent, influence and
effect. And the word "ergon" means a work, bringing forth of fruit, to bring fo
rth a result - evil workers.
Paul warned the Philippian church to beware of dogs, yes, but to also beware of
evil workers - those who will come into the church and practice evil, who will s
uddenly begin to destroy the work.
"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the
love of the Father is not in him.
For everything in the world --the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes
and the boasting of what he has and does --comes not from the Father but from th
e world. (1 John 2:15 -16)
That Scripture certainly applied to my church. I began to see what was happening
in the various committee structures. Because of the way the constitution is in
my southern Baptist church, as pastor, I was virtually left out of the entire n
ominating process which is where our committees came from. I began to see people
doing evil. I had been there long enough, the honeymoon was long over. I found
out that a few of my deacons were out drinking on the golf course over here and
another was caught drinking, another had language problems, and others were in
sin. Just your typical church, I guess.
It was scary enough to realize that these were the people who were leading my co
ngregation and I was dependent upon them to do the works of the New Testament
ministry. Folks, guess what was getting done? Nothing! We were real good at doin
g the "Kakourgos" the evil working. We weren't doing so good on taking care of o
ur poor widows.
Well, the fourth year of my ministry there began and the pastor begins to devel
op a burden. I got on my knees and I said
"Lord I've got a burden for Mount Pleasant to come to Jesus Christ. Satan had bo
und this community and I need disciples, Lord. Just one, just one man. I want t
o begin to disciple him one on one. I want to teach him the Word of God and deli
verance. So get him fired up for the Word."
The Lord heard my prayer and sent me a disciple, one who I would have least expe
cted. And we begin to work. The next one the Lord sent was a recovering alcohol
ic. Now I had two. One of the ladies came to me and said, "Would you like to s
tart a prayer ministry?" I said, "Yes I would!" Boy, start making disciples, sta
rt seeing souls saved, and start a prayer ministry, and brother, you've got th
e devil on your tail.
All of the sudden I was becoming spiritually aware. That was a revelation for me
. And as I began to see, I'd ask God to open my eyes. The more I read, the more
I studied books by different men, and I began to tune in to what was going on
around me. I began to see that there were dogs and evil workers all around. And
I said, "Oh Lord help me!" Well, He did!
Well that's when I got to point three. He said, "beware of the concision." Now
this is really a play on words, because the Greek word for concision is "Katat
ome" and the word means literally to cut down or to mutilate. Look at verse thre
e and there you find the word circumcision which in the Greek is "Peritome ".
Paul is referring to those (of the Katatome) who are not of the true circumcisi
on (Paritome). Those who were circumcised to fulfill the law but who had not the
spirit or love of God. Their circumcision was a mutilation instead of a blessi
Guess what type person would Paul be warning the church about? I was on visitat
ion one night and I pulled up next to the local Masonic lodge, with this gentlem
an, a deacon in my church. He began to get excited. He said, "You see that, I'm
a member of that thing. " And I said, "you are? I didn't know."
He said, "Yeah, but I only went through the first degree. I really don't know a
whole lot about it, but I still pay my dues in it occasionally."
I asked him, "How many men in our church are Masons.?" He quickly named off five
out of our twelve deacons. And then he named off a few others and some I found
out about later. And I go, "Oh Lord, why me? Can't you ship them out to east Ten
I begin to pray about this situation, that God would begin to help me to overcom
e the problem. And that He would give me wisdom in doing it. I had a friend of
mine tell me one time when I was at Foundation Biblical Research there. "Dan," h
e said, "you've got to really know God and believe Him and trust Him before you
ever ask Him for wisdom. Because He will give you the circumstances in your life
to give you the answer to that prayer request."
I ask for it. My wife said, " When are you going to learn to keep your mouth shu
t?" Well I started asking for wisdom and God gave it to me. Meantime we were ma
king disciples, the church was growing and some exciting things were happening.
The Lord was really blessing the church in the midst of growing oppression so da
rk that I could not fully understand it all even after reading the material.
We were in a deacons' meeting one night and one of the other deacons asked anoth
er deacon, "what's that ring on your finger next to your wedding band?" He repli
ed, "Oh that's my Scottish Rite ring." And my eyes got right over there. This p
articular deacon said, "well what degree are you?" And he answered, "I'm a thirt
I didn't know much about degrees, I thought maybe that was how old he was. Well
I knew that wasn't true, but they don't tell the truth anyway. I began to pay p
articular attention more to this individual, who was the same fellow I mentioned
earlier, who was new to my congregation.
Folks, I had not been bewaring of dogs like I should have been. And I wasn't be
waring of the evil workers and all the sudden it began to come clear to me. The
more I began to ask questions and attend meetings and check around town, I found
out that these deacons were meeting clandestinely, and I later perceived, were
plotting my overthrow. Well, on the one hand it's kind of humorous and the other
hand it is very serious.
As this thing unfolded there was a great deal of hurtful things said about this
pastor. I was accused of doing the things they were doing. Lying, for instance,
I was accused of exposing counseling sessions, accused of betraying all sorts of
trusts, accused of firing the church treasurer which I didn't have the authorit
y to do. This was the fifth time this lady came and quit. I said its time to tak
e her up on it and, in the meantime, I had suspected something was funny about
the way she was handling the money .
I called our finance committee chairman and I said its time we accept the offer
and he did, after the fifth time, the resignation was taken. She shouldn't have
had the books out of the church, but she did. We finally got the books back int
o the church to find out what had been going on. And to this day we are still l
acking two years of records. Some of my annuity money is missing to this day. No
w keep in mind this is the former treasurer of the church. All the sudden this l
ady is seen meeting with these other individuals, these evil workers, and the wo
rd gets back to me.
I went to the southern Baptist Convention that year. Right before that, I fo
und out about the efforts of Dr. Holly to have the SBC review the religion of th
e lodge and to take a stand against it in the SBC. I called Dr. Holly, made his
acquaintance and he sent me some copies of his book on the matter.
I met with my deacons preliminarily and I handed out the books and I said, "Gent
lemen, we have a problem, an issue in the Southern Baptist Convention and I know
some of you are involved in Freemasonry." I said, "Look, I really need to know
more about it because I don't fully understand it and I think you can help me,
if you would to understand your perspective of it. In about a month I would like
to talk about it more."
I went off to the Southern Baptist Convention, of course, you know some of the
things that happened in Indianapolis. The denominational conference was choked w
ith Messengers who were Masons, sent to sway the votes. The SBC agreed that whi
le there were many things very wrong with Masonry, it chose to embrace it and le
t each member choose to belong or not to belong.
When I returned, the masons in the church were ready for me. They offered to fir
e me if I didn't resign. One of the deacons got to me first and he said, "Dan, w
e are going to meet secretly, do you know what its about?" And I said, "No, but
I can guess."
Well, they asked me to come over at the end of their meeting and they offered
me ninety days and out. I looked around the table, I'll be honest with you, my h
and was shaking, because these were some of the guys I loved dearly. sitting the
re silently staring at the wall behind me. I listened to some of the awful thin
gs they had to say about me.
I thought about it and I said, "Lord, I know that isn't true." I looked at the
se men who were judging me and saying these things about me and I knew what had
been told me about them. I knew their unfaithfulness, their lack of tithing, I k
new their lack of service, and their lack of commitment to the local church and
pastor, and their lack of studying the Word of God.
I looked around the table and I said, "I do not see anyone here who is qualifie
d or worthy to judge God's will for this pastor's life, let alone the life of th
is church. At this time I formally request a congregational meeting to decide th
is issue."
They actually gave it to me. They learned a hard lesson because in just a few da
ys they had the congregational meeting. Folks, I thought revival broke out and G
od had worked miraculously, we had members that I never knew, had never heard of
, they showed up at that church. There was tight seating for about 280 and it w
as almost full. I listened to some terrible accusations.
But we had set down some guidelines. They had to state exactly all of what happe
ned and tell specifically what the pastor had done. And they got up and made a f
ools out of themselves. One particular man, the deacon who had transferred in,
for the first time he had to reveal himself. He stood up and publicly berated me
. He had this list of sins on a sheet of paper and was shaking it, red faced. Th
is man was pretty tall and he was really angry, I mean angry. All these men wer
e angry at me. And you can sense the hatred and hostility in the air. It was thi
ck enough to cut with a knife.
I was writing all these things down that I was going to use to defend myself.
I had a list a yard long. I started to go up there when it came my time, two a
nd half hours into the evening. But I was emotionally drained and was praying. A
nd I was thinking about the pastor in the book, THIS PRESENT DARKNESS, by Frank
Peretti. I had the sensation of de-ja vu, doing something over again that I h
ad already experienced.
On my way to the pulpit, I got the impression from the Lord and I don't know how
to explain it, but I just got the impression, "don't defend yourself." I argue
d with Him all the way to the pulpit. I had purposely sat in the back of the chu
rch, so I had a long walk to the front, looking down at the floor trying to kee
p my cool, arguing all the way there with the Lord.
I said, "Well Lord if I don't defend myself, what in the world do I say?" He sa
id, "Tell them your name." Now folks that is honestly what I was impressed with.
And I laughed and that helped me because these people, a third of them I had ne
ver seen before, were there to vote me out.
I went up in the pulpit and I just started crying. I couldn't help it and my wi
fe brought me a Kleenex. Bless her heart, she was crying. I think God used that.
There had been some nice things said about me as well as bad things. I remember
thinking, "Lord I 'm not going to be able to do this." And He said, "Yes , yo
u can. You don't need to defend yourself, I'll take care of it." I said, "What
do I say. I' can't stop crying. " He said, "tell them about me."
It wasn't long and I' was preaching. I saw that my church was lost, for the
most part anyway. It made perfect sense, I'm just a little slow sometimes. I've
got a lot of training. I was a Greek major in college, but I'm just a little sl
ow. You know how it is sometimes, we get to battling and we don't listen good. I
said. "All right Lord. You know best."
I started to tell my testimony, how I was saved, how I came to know Jesus, what
I wanted to do for the church and how I wanted to share His love, make disciples
, fill the great commission, just to make it short.
Never-the-less, at the end I said, "Judge me not upon what has been said here,
judge me by my works because my works will validate and vindicate my faith. I ha
ve nothing more to say." Then I sat down.
Well, they stood up and gave me a pretty good vote of confidence. Folks, that
chief guy I've been talking about, that head deacon, the big mason, cried like a
baby. You've never seen anything like it. And after people finished congratulat
ing me, I noticed he was still over there blowing his nose and it really kind of
comical now. This man is six foot two and he's over there blowing his nose, red
faced, angry, and some of the people were coming up to him. He said, "I just ca
n't believe they voted to keep this guy in."
So I walked up and I said, " I think we need to talk about this. Can we get to
gether? Seriously, can't we just work through this?" And I told him the church
wanted me to stay and I guessed I planned to stay. And he cried some more! Bro
ke my heart you know.
Well, they tried to starve us out. That's ungodly, don't you ever do it - its w
rong. I mean if the church is God's , you give your money to the church, you don
't give it to the pastor. They stop giving and they also continued to blasphemy
me around the community. Bad, bad things were said and the heat really turned up
. It cranked up and cranked up. I decided to crank up too. I'll never forget rea
ding in 1 John 5: 21 that we were to keep ourselves from idols and that is what
I was going to do for us and for our church.
I had never ever made a big deal publicly about masonry. It was mostly behind t
he scenes, working with these men. One particular message I preached to the chu
rch, I'll never forget. I came down to the end of it and I started developing wh
at Idolatry really means. I began to develop what an idol is. You know from the
Greek that the word idol means something that it represents, it isn't the real
It's a simple definition, but still keep in mind, I was talking to First Baptist
Church, Mount Pleasant. I tried to explain what an idol really is. Then I went
back into the ancient world and began to trace the evolution of it all. I told
them that one place idolatry continues to this day from the Old Testament days
was in Freemasonry.
Well, there was this great rush of air as everyone sucked in their breath and I
had people awake who had been sleeping for years. I went on to exhort them in l
ove that if they were involved in such an organization they needed to get out. I
closed off the message and it sounded like a swarm of bees were just dumped out
of their hive.
They were out to get me again. My mom even overheard a couple of them say - we'v
e got to get rid of this guy! I knew it was a short time and I began putting out
resumes. During all that, I was talking to Tom McKenney and a few other men wh
o I knew, seeking prayer and some moral support.
Well, they finally got me. They called no meeting this time. They came in on a
night that a lot of my supporters were sick or out and they had a very simple m
ajority, a lousy constitution but that's what it was. And they were able to brin
g in their people, the living dead, once again, who didn't even know my ministr
y and they got them in to vote a Godly pastor out. Isn't that amazing! I thank
the Lord, I'll be honest with you, it was a call to peace.
I told them, "If you choose to do this, then God has simply called me to peac
e. "And that's what God did. He allowed them to vote me out. Well of course I wa
s hurt and a lot of my dear friends stayed on the opposition side and voted me o
ut. And that really hurts, of course. But the Lord set my heart free from the bu
rden of it all. My wife and I felt that release, not from them, but from the Lor
Here is the good news. I was concerned about the bitterness of the good people t
here. There was a group that began to immediately stand up. The Sunday school d
irector stood up and said, "I resign my position." The treasurer of the church
, a young dear lady, stood up and said, "I resign my position." My secretary g
ot up, "I resign my position." This went on all over the church.
By the next Sunday, all the Sunday school teachers except one or two masons had
resigned. All our discipleship trainers had resigned, the whole structure of th
e church had left. They pulled off and they called me and they said, "Dan, would
you mind pastoring us as long as you're here?" I said, "I sure would, I've go
t some messages ready and lets do it, I'll be happy to."
So we found a place to meet and we continued. There was still a lot of bitternes
s on their part. But I encouraged them to do was practice Matthew 18, to addres
s the sin. I said, folks, "They can't repent if they don't know fully what they'
ve done." So they set down some grievances. After four weeks of watching them a
nd counseling with them, they went down and tried reconciliation. The group di
d this on their own, I did not tell them what to say, they came up with all of i
t on their own. I didn't want people in the community looking around saying I'm
still causing problems.
They went down and did that and returned with zero response. They came back and
it was like the demons were off of them. This group said that they wanted to fo
rm a new church. And they are excited. It's a body of believers who have been
purged and cleansed. I tell you folks, God has turned cursings into blessings.
We got out the negative element. We've got out the bad mouths, we got out the pe
ople with sad faces who didn't want to Praise Jesus and sing songs and rejoice
in the truth. All the negative elements are still down there in the dead chur
ch. I don't want to get too close, lightning might strike that old building. You
know what I'm saying?
God is working in our town. Just last week we, named our new church. They had s
ome names like, Victory and things like that and I knew where they were coming f
rom and I simply prayed. I didn't even put a name in, and out of the blue came
a name which I would not have picked, the name was New Song. Out of twelve that
was the one that was chosen. We are now New Song Baptist Church, Psalms 98:1. A
nd I'm telling you, read the verse, its marvelous. I think God has given us that
name! Pray for us at New Song Baptist Church.
This is what you can expect when you get bold for Christ. You can expect troubl
e. I mean big trouble. But you know we are not called to please man. We're calle
d to please God. Folks, if we're a people pleaser and we're in the pastorate, w
e're in the wrong business. We ought to go to work for Avon. If we're not going
to stand on the Word of God then we ought to become a mason. We might as well jo
in them. If we're not going to stand on the Word of God, we might as well join t
he fraternity. You know what I'm saying. Because the Word of God is the only thi
ng that brings joy, peace, and lasting love. Anything that has any benefit of co
nsequence comes from the filling of the spirit, in God's Word and a relationship
with Jesus Christ. God Bless You All!

Mick Oxley
In His Grip Ministries
Route # 1, Box 257-E
Crescent City, FL 32112

Mick Oxley is a retired Wing Commander for the Royal Air Force Commander and a t
ransplant from the United Kingdom. Mick spent much of his service time in the Mi
ddle East, where he converted to the Islamic faith and searched deeply into East
ern Mysticism. Also heavily involved with Masonry, it would seem that Mick was l
ost to God forever. But, Praise God! His sure Word says that He will save us, ev
en from the "Uttermost." Today, Mick and his wife, Betty serve the risen Savior
, Jesus Christ. They live near Crescent City, Florida and are proud to be Americ
an Citizens. Mick is a very much sought after speaker for churches and conferenc
Ten years ago, you would have found very few Christian books written on Freemaso
nry. Today, it seems we have more books on Freemasonry than we have versions of
the Bible.
I seem to spend quite a lot of time answering letters and telephone messages, h
owever well intentioned, by people who want me to read their script, or book, t
hey feel compelled to write on Freemasonry. Only a few months ago, I had a lette
r from a chap in Sweden, who wanted information so he could write a book on Maso
nry. He had gotten my name form Bill Schnoebelenâ s book â MASONRY, BEYOND THE LIGHTâ
I wrote back straight away, advising him that it would be far better for him to
translate Billâ s book into Swedish, as I said Billâ s book is one of the best in the
world exposing Freemasonry.
Most of the scripts and new books I have seen are pretty good, but a rare few of
them come out with the truth of Freemasonry and itâ s Luciferian Doctrine and wors
hip. I have to say that I am not surprised. The ignorance of thingâ s Satanic, of
spiritual Warfare in the Church, is devastating, because it is doing exactly tha
t to the Church, devastating it. I point the finger at the pulpits and blame the
Seminaries. But, with a Bible in your hand daily, getting into the Word of God,
it is all there and there is no excuse.
You will never, ever, fully understand Freemasonry unless you fully understand t
he teachings of the Bible on the things of the spirit. I am not here to lecture
you, but I pray that upon leaving here, you will have learned more of the power
behind this Occult organization and equally important, the power Jesus Christ ha
s given us to come against the powers of Darkness.
The Bible has to be our standard, and while we can quote Pike, Hall, Mackay unti
l the cows come home, you can not fight against the spirit world, teach on it, o
r write about it, unless you apply the Bible teaching thus obtaining this vast k
nowledge of spiritual warfare, and this, dear friends is what the battle against
Freemasonry is all about. As Paul says. â He who is spiritual appraises all things
â (1 Corinthians 2:15)
In dealing with the complex subject of Freemasonry, I feel we should examine the
background of the organization. I remember well, as a young boy, cycling in my
home county of Yorkshire, in England. I used to make trips over to the other sid
e of Leeds, still in Yorkshire, to a place called Temple Newsom, perhaps the nam
e or place is unfamiliar to you, but this is â Bronteâ country.
Temple Newsom was on a hill, hidden in the woods, just the place for us boys to
play Robin Hood and the Knights of the Crusades. I remember as if it was yesterd
ay, climbing in among the graves of the Knights, trying to decipher the names an
d seeing strange markings on each and every tombstone. The Knights, if you know
English and Middle Ages history, came to England and Scotland, having been bani
shed from the continent, Spain in particular, and settled in Britain in the 14th
It was not until 20 years later, at my initiation as an Entered Apprentice, in
a Masonic Lodge, near Downpatrick, in Northern Ireland, that I was taken aback
to see displayed on top of the open Bible, on the altar, the symbols I had seen
on those grave stones in England. But, here they were displayed as instrument
s of Freemasonry. They were the legs of a man overlapping the woman in the sexu
al position of the Square and Compass! I can tell you, I was shattered!
It was not this revelation alone that jolted me, because I KNEW, within the firs
t ten minutes into the first degree, that I had broken most of Godâ s commandments!
I made no pretense in those days of being a Christian. However with my Church o
f England background, I knew enough of the Bible to know that the blood oaths I
was required to swear, in fact any oaths are against Godâ s Holy Law. Just making
an oath, not knowing what it is about, is against any national constitution, an
d we had the Magna Carta!
For any Mason, who calls himself a Christian, to lie about the Compatibility of
Freemasonry and Jesus Christ, is paving the road to Hell, unless he repents. I K
NEW as a non-Christian that what I was doing was evil. Those Masons who use the
name of Christ to defend Freemasonry are committing blasphemy, in my opinion. I
suppose it depends on what sort of a Christian you are!
From the background of the occult Knights Templars, came strong influence in th
e early formation of English Freemasonry. That was blended with the Illuminati o
f Adam Weishaupt from Germany, and laced with the occult theology of Hinduism, b
rought over from India in the 16th Century by the British Raj.
Freemasonry, or The Stone Masons were licensed at the Guildhall. This is in the
City of London, as were other guilds. For example, the Tanners' Guild were worke
rs in leather, the Weavers' guild were those who made cloth. All were â guildedâ or
made into guilds, and still remain licensed to this present day. The Lord Mayor
of London is responsible to the Queen from his palace at the Guildhall. His home
is the Mansion House in the City of London. These City Guilds were the very fir
st Unions that we know of today.
The guilds held their meetings in the taverns or â pubsâ of London. The very first re
cord of a Masonic Meeting was in a tavern in the City in 1717. In 1726 the Lodge
s of London and the provinces, combined to form the Grand Lodge of England. Free
masonry was thus formed ,officially. Other Grand Lodges were formed, my own cons
titution, where I became a Mason, was formed in Dublin in 1725, the following ye
ar in Scotland, then Europe.
The French were always a bit strange to the British. They still are, not many pe
ople like the Channel Tunnel. We remember all the wars we have fought and won ag
ainst the French. Today, the French Grand Lodge of the Orient, is out of bounds
to members of the English Constitution.
I attended The Grand Lodge of England in Great Queen Street, near Trafalgar Squa
re, for many years. There are about 40 roomsâ Lodgesâ that hold meetings every day of
the week, except Sunday. There are as many banqueting rooms were you go to eat,
drink and talk business, after Lodge, but you never speak about Jesus Christ.
I travelled down to London in my dinner jacket, always in Evening Dress. I carri
ed my little oblong attaché case, which had in it my aprons, cuffs, and white c
otton gloves, always worn in Lodge in Europe. My sashes, and my jewels, the latt
er for my giving to the Royal Masonic Hospital, Masonic Girls' and Masonic Boys'
English Freemasonry is expensive. Twenty-five dollars for dinner, after Lodge Me
etings, and that was over 20 years ago! My dues to the Lodges I belonged to kept
me continually â in the redâ with my bank. And it stayed this way until I was set-fr
ee years later!
There are no rings, or tie pins in English Freemasonry, nothing to tell you are
a Mason, except as I say when you went to Grand Lodge. No car covered with Maso
nic emblems as we have in the U.S.. Freemasonry is supposed to be secret, didnâ t y
ou know?
The extraordinary popularity of Freemasonry and itâ s imitators here in America-who
se love of Secret Societies exceeds that of any other country except China, can
be attributed to the fact that Americans are extremely friendly, outgoing and wi
ll join anything! I think partly out of a subconscious desire to escape the matr
iarchal influence, so much stronger here than in my homeland
, and partly perhaps to the absence of the glamour of p
ageantry of royalty and hereditary titles, and your less colorful and historic c
eremonial in connection with government, nation and municipal occasions. The dif
ferences between what we call English Masonry and American Masonry also appears
in the structure, the ritual and the ceremonies. Allow me to deal with the more
important differences that I see or rather saw.
The three Craft degrees do form the basis of the whole Masonic System as practic
ed in what used to be the countries of the British Empire. Together with Royal A
rch, they form the sum total of Freemasonry as OFFICIALLY recognized by the Engl
ish Grand Lodge. It is a fact that the majority of English Masons go no further
than these degrees.
I found as an English Mason, that there was a strong tendency to look down on th
e so called higher degreesâ as a modern fancy innovation, which are no part of the
pure and ancient Masonry: This of course is true, for the most part for the ot
her lodges I attended, world wide. I visited many countries and lived in some
, and in most lodges there was a demonstration of the three tracing boards, unkn
own perhaps in the American Freemasonry. These presentations were by one selecte
d person who has to completely memorize about three quarters of an hour of stri
ct ritual, applied to each of the three degrees.
The most popular degrees in the English Constitution seem to be Mark Mason, Knig
hts Templar and Rose Croix which is the 18th degree of what is called the Ancien
t and Accepted Rite. You have to have a Master Mason's certificate from either t
he English, Scottish or Irish Constitution for advancement into any other system
The degrees, all thirty of them, beginning with the fourth, that of Secret Maste
r, and culminating in the Thirty-Third degree of Grand Inspector General, are co
ntrolled NOT by the United Grand Lodge of England, but by the Supreme Council at
St. James, in Piccadilly, London.
So here you have a secret society within a secret society, a great difference co
mpared with the structure here in America. It was on the 5th of December, 1952,
that His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh was initiated into my sister Lodge
, the Navy Lodge No. 2612. This was because of pressure from his future father-i
n-law, the then King George VI.
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, now the Dukeâ s wife, is the Grand Patroness of Freem
asonry, but is not allowed into a Masonic Lodge. Her cousin, the duke of Kent, b
ecame the Grand Master of English Freemasonry at its 250th celebration. We have
just witnessed the 275th anniversary celebration in the U. K.. The Scottish Rit
e Journal had a special feature on this.
Prince Charles has had great pressure put upon him to become a Freemason. He has
refused point blank saying, â I do not wish to join any secret society.â The fact he
is deeply into New Age does not seem to worry him or the Royal Family. If the P
rince is initiated, to follow tradition, it is expected that he will join the L
odge I attended, Royal Air Force Lodge No. 7335 , in the Grand Lodge chambers in
Great Queen Street. There is yet no indication Charles will change his attitude
. The brother of the Duke of Kent is also a Mason.
It does not take much intelligence to see why the Royal Family, and Great Britai
n, is in such a mess. The curse of Freemasonry has been upon the Family, especia
lly since the first days of Masonry in Britain with the then Prince of Wales, wh
o became George the Third, and was the first Royal Grand Master of English Freem
The Duke of Kent is only a Master Mason. The ambitions then of the English Free
mason is not rank, as it is here in the States, but having the good fortune to
become an officer in his home Lodge where he was initiated and eventually to tak
e the chair as Worshipful Master.
I never had the chance of â taking the chairâ as it is called, simply due to my nomad
ic Royal Air Force life, since I was unable to attend any lodge long enough to g
o through the rungs of the ladder leading up to Worshipful Master. The average t
ime in England to Worshipful Master is seven to ten years, and remember you hav
e to physically go through each degree in English Masonry. There is no going up
to Washington D.C. to purchase your degrees up to your 32 degree.
No wonder English Masons seemed to be old men! The English system is indeed comp
lex. Let me deal with one major point here. The â Shriners" are purely American. M
illions of Americans have demonstrated their retarded adolescence by being Nobl
es of the Mystic Shrine. Crippled children may well rise up and call the Shriner
s â blessedâ , even after a large percentage of the money the Shriners take in, goes t
owards the upkeep of their Temples, bars, golf courses and those stupid toy cars
. There are surely other ways that are more becoming to band men together in a s
pirit of benevolence. They could try Jesus Christ.
The blood oaths in the first three degrees and that of the Master Elect, have be
en taken out of the English Constitution. They were removed after a United Gran
d Lodge meeting held on 11 June 1986. I now understand that JAO BUL ON (the Mas
onic name for God in the Royal Arch) was taken out of the Grand Lodge in Februar
y 1989.
I cannot emphasize too strongly, that in there are key differences between U.S.
and English Masonry. There are different workings, as I have alluded to, within
the English Constitution. Aldersgate (City of London), Oxford, Bristol, Metropol
itan, to list just a few. There is then, no absolute uniformity in Masonic worki
ngs. As long as the general structure is the same, and the landmarks of Masonry
are preserved, verbal and ceremonial differences do not matter. Lets move from E
ngland, forgive me, but I felt you should have a fair knowledge of what used to
be known as the â Mother of Freemasonry.â
Years ago as a zealous Freemason, I was give the original degree rituals of â Mot
her Killwining Lodge,â the No. 2 Lodge of Scotland. They were given to me by a
dear Scotsman whose ancestors had written them down in about 1720. I destroyed t
his document, which I now recognize as priceless, along with all my Masonic Rega
lia and books when I came to Christ.
I do remember that in this document, which was a word-for-word degree ritual, th
at there was NO reference to Jesus Christ. I say this because this particular do
cument was written at the very first meeting of Freemasonry.
I have said that places that were under the British Empire, by and large, work
under the English constitution such as Malta, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Sin
gapore. A few of us in the Ministry to Masons have been conducting corresponde
nce with Christopher Hoffner who has become the Worshipful Master of a Lodge in
Hong Kong. Hoffner has written many books, including some on Freemasonry. His l
atest, â Workman Unashamedâ â the testimony of a Christian Freemason, naturally received
a great accolade in the Scottish Rite Journal. Hoffner has the single honor of b
eing a full member of QUATOR CORONATI Lodge of Londonâ the world premier Lodge of M
asonic research. He also belongs to Lodges of research in Hong Kong, Ireland, Ma
ine, California and New York.
A very impressive record: I have never in all my life met or know of any Mason u
nder such great bondage as Christopher Hoffner, but as I have said it all depend
s on what sort of a Christian you are. Only the prayers of the Saints will break
him down.
Australia has now gone over to an Americanized Masonry, due no doubt to the infl
ux of American Soldiers in W.W.II and the R&R of American troops from Korea and
Viet Nam. They are trying to become a Republic, to sever the ties with Britain.
The Australians though, have now taken the blood oaths out of the Scottish and
York Rites and in the three degrees and Master Elect, the same as in Britain.
This is a major step, yet it is not reported on in the Scottish Rite Journal. I
wonder why! There is one Lodge left in Sydney, working under the Irish Constitu
tion. New Zealand is still working in the English Constitution, that is as far a
s I can gather at this time. There is a great conflict building within Masonry,
caused in a large part by the recent exposure of their innermost cultic secrets
by zealots such as are here today.
Possibly one of the highlights of my Masonic career was becoming a member of the
prodigious Lodge Singapore. It was one of the wealthiest Lodges in the Far East
, and the world, perhaps, even after the Roman Catholic P2 Lodge in the Vatican.
We had always 5 Volumes of the Sacred Law displayed, five books of the 5 diffe
rent religions that were always present in Lodge Singapore.
When I was a member, I recall that the Worshipful Master was a Moslem friend of
mine, the Police Chief of Singapore. The Senior Warden was a Hindu, the Junior W
arden a Chinese Taoist, the Inner Guard was a Buddhist and lots of Past Masters
were there who called themselves â Christians.â The Quran for the Moslem to swear upo
n, the Veda for the Hinduâ s, the KeJi-Ki, the Records of ancient Matters for the S
hinto Japanese, the Tao-Teh-King, the classics of Taoism for the Chinese, books
for the Jains, Confucianism for the Buddhists, always available for the initiati
on ceremonies to be, used at our meetings. But NO Jesus Christ!
The ritual of the First, Second and Third Degrees have never instructed itâ s membe
rs that Jesus Christ is the ONLY mediator between God and men. It never tells th
em they canâ t truthfully call God their Father until they have a relationship with
His Son; it does not tell them that it is impossible to build their spiritual h
ouse until they ask Jesus Christ to forgive them of their sins and He helps to b
uild it, and they are never told that a man can never do enough good deeds or li
ve a pure enough life to gain admission into the Celestial Lodge Above.
In those first charges from the Scottish Mother Killwining Lodge, the number 2
Lodge in the World, Jesus Christ was not recognized at the very start of Freemas
onry and He is not recognized as the Son of God today.
In Germany, Freemasonry is mainly American. This was the first time I saw the â Top
Hatâ worn by the Worshipful Master.! It has never been worn in Britain!, but of
course, it is common over here. Freemasonry in Italy became part of the Scottis
h Rite in the early days of Albert Pike and his friend from the occult, Giuseppe
Mazzine. Most of Italy works in the Scottish Rite under The Grand Orient, which
is NOT recognized by English Freemasonry.
To cover the continent of Africa would be a mammoth job here. Egyptian Masonry i
s steeped in the occult, more so than Grand Orient. Moslem nations have Freemaso
nry, but no branches for women. If you have any understanding of Islam, you know
why. I was a member of a Scottish Lodge while living in Zambia, Central Africa.
Again, nations that were under British rule tend to follow the constitutions o
f Great Britain. South Africa, in the main, works under the U.K. Constitutions.
Nearer home, Canada had the first Lodge working under the Massachusetts Jurisdic
tion in 1749.
Incidentally, the oldest Masonic Lodge room in the U.S.A. dates from 1760 at Pr
entise House, Massachusetts.
Freemasonry crossed the Atlantic to the colonies of the old Empire very early on
, but the British, as founders of Freemasonry, remained the leading propagandist
for the movement throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries .
Albert Pike put a stop to this in the acceptance of Scottish Rite through â Morals
& Dogmas.â What American Masonry loves to call â The Mother of All Freemasonry!â There
are possibly more Lodges in the World now working under the Scottish Jurisdictio
n than any other constitution or jurisdiction. I have tried to give you the basi
c background of international Freemasonry and how it has both developed through
most of the countries of the world.
I leave you with this. Even after I had returned to the faith of my youth and h
ad come out from among the darkness of Eastern Mysticism and left behind the Qur
an and its teachings of Mohammed and the Bhagavad of Hinduism I was still in a s
piritual battle for my life.
My standard was now the Holy Bible and Jesus Christ. I knew that there was no ot
her way to God, but there was no fullness to my walk. I read one day where Jes
us said:
"You call me Jesus, your savior, your Lord - yet you practice things I have not
taught you. Depart from me, I never knew you, you workers of evil." (Matthew 7:
21 - 23)
I had not found that yearned for one-on -one walk with Jesus even though I had a
sked for advice from almost everyone I knew. I had no answers. I finally got dow
n on my knees and asked Jesus what was wrong.
One word came back to me, as though shouted from heaven, "Masonry!" I knew I was
still in trouble with the real God. As if I needed confirmation, a letter came
from our daughter in London. In it, she said, "You have to get out of Masonry, D
addy! You know it is evil and you'll never walk with God until you do." That was
the day I burned all my Masonic regalia. Everything was burnt to ashes before m
After all my wanderings and searching, I was finally able to separate myself fro
m the spirits of darkness, to ask God's forgiveness and repent before Him of the
evil in which I had been a participant. And He heard my cry, for I felt the wei
ght of all that evil lift off me and for the first time in my life, I knew I was
FREE. When you are set free in Jesus, you are set free, indeed. (John 8:36).

Larry Kunk
Ephesians 5:11, Inc.
P. O. Box 29
Fishers, Indiana 46038
Does the Masonic Lodge have a secret doctrine which is known by only those at th
e top of the organization? If knowledge of a secret doctrine were not restrict
ed to only those in the higher degrees, how would the Lodge select which men wer
e to have access to those secret teachings? What methods would be used to promot
e, while at the same time restrict such sensitive information?
If there were a secret doctrine, would it be possible to accurately know its tea
chings without joining the organization? Most Masons, even those in the higher d
egrees, will be quick to deny the existence of any secret doctrine.
Many Masons have claimed that The ritual is all that there is. Is that really tr
ue? Are Masonic teachings limited to ritual, or are there teachings beyond the r
itual which Masonry attempts to convey to its members? To answer those questions
, we must turn to the writings of Masonic authorities.
The highest authority of Freemasonry
Many times, Masons have claimed that the ritual is the only authority of Freemas
onry. In examining that claim, we need to acknowledge that the rituals of the de
grees of Freemasonry were written by men. Is it reasonable to assign higher auth
ority to a work than is given its author or authors? Obviously those who wrote t
he rituals have or had a greater level of authority than the rituals which they
produced. If we could identify the authors of the rituals, we would unquestionab
ly identify men who are Masonic authorities. It would be very difficult today to
identify all of the authors of the rituals of the three degrees of the Blue Lod
ge. The ritual was not written all at once, but evolved over time. (1)
The major portions of the ritual are well over one hundred years old. All of th
e major authors are dead. However, it is quite easy to identify those who have t
he ability to alter the ritual as practiced in Lodges today. Any Grand Lodge ha
s the authority to alter the ritual which is practiced in its jurisdiction. Ther
e are portions of ritual, called landmarks which Grand Lodges will never alter i
n any significant way. But, there is some divergence of opinion among various G
rand Lodges as to which actually do constitute all of the true landmarks of Free
masonry. According to the Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide, there are seven
which are universally accepted. (2)
An example of one of those seven landmarks is the Legend of the Third Degree. Th
e Legend of the Third Degree cannot be significantly altered without altering th
e nature of Freemasonry. However, less essential portions of the ritual can be,
and have been, altered by ruling Grand Lodges. An example which demonstrates tha
t the ritual can be changed has been provided by the Grand Lodge of England. In
recent times, the Grand Lodge of England removed the blood oaths from the ritual
of the Blue Lodge. Obviously, since a Grand Lodge has the ability to alter ritu
al, it has higher authority than the ritual. The ritual is the product of an au
thority or authorities.
Another means of determining with whom the highest authority rests is to consid
er the process by which a new Lodge is formed. In the United States the practice
is for the Grand Master to issue a dispensation to operate until the ensuing Gr
and Lodge at which the dispensation may be continued, a charter may be granted,
or the dispensation dismissed. (3 )
Since the Grand Lodges are the highest authorities of Masonry, Grand Lodge publi
cations produced for use by Masons including Masonic Monitors, books of Masonic
Law, and training materials are excellent sources of authoritative Masonic teac
hing. Other written materials which are listed as recommended reading in Grand L
odge publications which are produced for consumption by Masons would also be exc
ellent sources of Masonic information.
There are 49 Grand Lodges in the United States, one in each of the 48 continenta
l states and one in the District of Columbia. (4) Alaska and Hawaii fall under
the jurisdictions of the Grand Lodges of Washington and California respectively.
Many Masonic bodies have official periodical publications which provide a windo
w into the Masonic system.
How do Grand Lodges begin the training process?
Lodge training methods in general are variations on a theme. The general method
is to conduct the candidate through the ritual and explain to him that the ritua
l has meanings which he can only know if he discovers them through his own effor
ts. The Lodge never tells a candidate directly what the complete meaning of the
ritual is.
A series of booklets have been compiled by the Committee on Masonic Education of
the Grand Lodge of Iowa for use in educating the new Mason. The booklets are ti
MASON. They have been adopted and republished by Grand Lodges in other states,
including Indiana and North Carolina. The Indiana version has been through multi
ple printings. These training materials can be given to new members as they prog
ress through the first three degrees of the Blue Lodge. The first booklet, ON TH
E THRESHOLD, is given to the newly elected member before he receives the Entered
Apprentice degree. After each degree is conferred, the booklet with the same na
me is then presented to the man. These particular booklets are not used in all j
urisdictions. Their content is congruent with other Masonic writings. As we shal
l see, some Grand Lodges use other tools to achieve the same end.
Most Grand Lodges produce a Monitor, which is given to each new member. The name
s of the Monitors vary from state to state. In Virginia it is called the Virgini
a Text Book. In West Virginia, the monitor is titled Masonic Text Book. In Georg
ia, the monitor is titled Masonic Manual and Code. The Grand Lodge of Indiana pu
blishes the Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide, which must be given to each m
an when he is raised to Master Mason. That requirement is Masonic Law in the sta
te of Indiana. (5)
The term, "raised" is used in the same sense as raised from the dead. In the In
diana Monitor and Freemason's Guide, under Declaration of Principles, the Grand
Lodge states:
It is a social organization only so far as it furnishes additional inducement th
at men may forgather in numbers, thereby providing more material for its primary
work of education, of worship, and of charity. (page 35)
The monitor published by the Grand Lodge of Indiana tells new Master Masons that
the Lodge is not primarily a social organization; its primary purpose is educat
ion, worship and charity. Many Masons have claimed that the Lodge is simply a so
cial organization. In a footnote at the bottom of the page, the Grand Lodge expl
ains the purpose of the Declaration of Principles:
"In order to correct any misunderstanding and to refute willful misrepresentatio
n, this Declaration of Principles was adopted by the Grand Lodge of Indiana on M
ay 24, 1939." (page 35)
The Grand Lodge of Indiana wants each Mason to know that its primary purpose is
education, worship and charity. The Lodge makes it clear that any social nature
is strictly or the purpose of enlarging membership. The Masonic Manual and Code,
published by the Grand Lodge of Georgia, contains the same Declaration of Princ
iples. (6 )
The Declaration was formulated in February, 1939, by the Grand Masters Conferenc
e in Washington, D.C. (7) The Declaration of Principles was widely accepted an
d is used by many Grand Lodges.
Masonic monitors often contain footnotes or text which lifts up prominent Masoni
c authors or books. The favorable mention of a Masonic author in a monitor would
lead many to believe that the Grand Lodge was endorsing the writings of those a
uthors. An example is the following text from the Masonic Text Book (8) for use
in the Lodges of West Virginia:
"Brother Albert Pike, one of the most illustrious Masons in all the ages, and wh
o was an acknowledged authority upon all Masonic questions, was a believer in an
cient Landmarks. . ." (page 25)
The Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide mentions Masonic historian H.L. Haywoo
d and James E. Craig as prominent modern authors. (9) Haywood gives a very truth
ful description of the purpose of the Lodge in his book, THE GREAT TEACHINGS OF
MASONRY. (10) In it, Haywood wrote the following:
"The Fraternity itself exists in order to keep fixed on a man a certain set of i
nfluences, and in order to bring about certain changes in the world, etc.: its s
ecrecy is a means to that end, and helps to make such a purpose possible." (page
After the deeper meanings of the ritual are fully understood, the words of Haywo
od will take on an ominous meaning. Many statements in Masonic books cannot be p
roperly understood by those not acquainted with the deeper meanings of the ritua
l. Masonic books contain teachings which go over the heads of most who read the
m. To those who are familiar with the deeper meanings, the writings are easily u
Masonry's Most Important Symbol
Masonry is full of symbols. The most important of those symbols is discussed in
a cursory way in the Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide:
"The Legend of the Third Degree. This is the most important and significant of t
he legendary symbols of Freemasonry. It has descended from age to age by oral tr
adition, and has been preserved in every Masonic rite, practiced in any country
or language, with no essential alteration." (page 38)
The Legend of the Third Degree
and the Significance of the LOST WORD
The Lost Word, and the rediscovery of it, is a central theme in Masonic ritual.
The setting for the legend is the building of Solomon's temple, just before com
pletion. In the ritual of the third degree, each man who is raised to Master Mas
on is required to portray Hiram Abiff, the Grand Master. For working on the temp
le the Fellowcrafts are to receive the secrets of a Master Mason which will enti
tle them to the wages of a Master. Some of the men do not want to wait until the
appropriate time to obtain the secrets. Hiram Abiff is accosted by three men wh
o are referred to in the ritual as the three ruffians. They are Jubela, Jubelo a
nd Jebulum. They demand that he reveal to them the secrets of a Master Mason.
Hiram Abiff is a righteous individual, he will not reveal the secrets to them un
til the proper time and place and then only in the presence of Hiram, King of Ty
re and Solomon, King of Israel. The first ruffian encounters Hiram Abiff at the
south gate but fails to obtain the Master's Word. The second ruffian encounters
Hiram Abiff in the west and demands, "Give me the Master's Word, or I will take
your life in a moment!"
The third ruffian engages Hiram Abiff in the east and does take his life. Hiram
is unjustly murdered. When he died, the Word was lost because it could not be me
ntioned except in the presence of the two Hirams and Solomon. Hiram Abiff is bur
ied on the brow of a hill west of Mount Moriah to conceal the crime and the thre
e murderers attempt to flee the country. After King Solomon notices that Hiram A
biff is missing, a search is mounted. One of the searchers finds a fresh grave.
The body is confirmed to be that of Grand Master Hiram Abiff.
At the grave site, King Solomon (the Worshipful Master) declares that the Master
's Word has been lost. He declares that the first Word spoken after the body is
raised will be adopted for the regulation of the Masters' Lodges until future ge
nerations shall find the right Word. King Solomon instructs the Entered Apprenti
ces and the Fellowcrafts to attempt to raise the body of Hiram. They fail to res
urrect their Master from the dead. They are unable to raise Hiram because the fl
esh leaves from the bone. The Worshipful Master makes the attempt and Hiram Abi
ff is then raised from the dead by the strong grip of the lions paw of the tribe
of Judah. (Jesus is the real Lion of the tribe of Judah.)
The first word spoken after being raised from the dead is spoken on the five poi
nts of fellowship. The word is MAH-HAH-BONE; it is the substitute for the Lost W
ord to be used until the Lost Word is again found.
The Meaning of the Legend of the Third Degree
What is the meaning of the ritual? The Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide has
the following to say about the meaning of the Legend of the Third Degree:
"It was the single object of all the ancient rites and mysteries practiced in th
e very bosom of pagan darkness, shining as a solitary beacon in all that surroun
ding gloom, and cheering the philosopher in his weary pilgrimage of life, to tea
ch the immortality of the soul. This is still the great design of the third degr
ee of Masonry. This is the scope and aim of its ritual. The Master Mason represe
nts man, when youth, manhood, old age, and life itself have passed away as fleet
ing shadows, yet raised from the grave of iniquity, and quickened into another a
nd better existence. By its legenuter disk is incompatible with Publisher's prog
ram, Publishers d and all its ritual, it is implied that we have been redeemed f
rom the death of sin and the sepulchre of pollution. (pages 144-145)
The paragraph from the Indiana monitor was written by Albert G. Mackey, one of M
asonry's most respected authors. The text is found in Mackey's book, Manual of t
he Lodge. (11) By mandating that each man be given a copy of the monitor, the Gr
and Lodge of Indiana is really telling every new Master Mason raised in Indian
a that the ritual implies that they have been redeemed from the death of sin.
Anything that is said to redeem a man from the death of sin can only properly be
described as a PLAN OF SALVATION. The Grand Lodge of Indiana does not use the w
ord salvation, yet it is obviously implied and is found in the original source,
the Manual of the Lodge: (12)
". . .the Master Mason represents a man saved from the grave of iniquity, and ra
ised to the faith of salvation." (page 96)
Although Manual of the Lodge was written over 130 years ago, it is still in prin
t! It is reproduced completely in the Ahiman Rezon, (13) the Masonic monitor pub
lished by the authority of the Grand Lodge of South Carolina. The statement tha
t the Master Mason represents a man saved from the grave of iniquity, and raised
to the faith of salvation also found in the North Carolina Lodge Manual, publi
shed by the Grand Lodge of North Carolina North. (14)
The Monitor and Ceremonies, Ancient, Free, and Accepted Masons, published by the
order of the Grand Lodge of Nebraska also contains Mackey's teachings concernin
g salvation. (15) Mackey's writings from Manual of the Lodge are reproduced fai
thfully. Obviously Albert Mackey is a Masonic authority whose writings concernin
g salvation have been endorsed by Grand Lodges.
Masonic monitors provide evidence that many Grand Lodges, the highest authoritie
s of Freemasonry, currently teach that the Master Mason has been redeemed from t
he death of sin. The Master Mason is said to represent a man saved from the grav
e of iniquity, and raised to the faith of salvation. There are other writings f
ound in Masonic monitors which would encourage a Mason to believe that he has sa
lvation or that he will go to heaven when his days on earth come to an end. Cons
ider the following two passages:
"The covering of a Lodge is a clouded canopy, or star-decked heaven, where all g
ood Masons hope at last to arrive . . ."
". . . we should apply our knowledge to the discharge of our respective duties,
to God, our neighbors and ourselves, so that in age, as Master Masons, we may en
joy the happy reflections consequent on a well-spent life, and die in the hope o
f a glorious immortality."
The two passages above are found in the monitors of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, I
daho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Neb
raska, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and West
Virginia. (16)
The monitor from Texas contained only a portion of the latter passage. Monitors
from nineteen states were checked. Since all which were checked contained the tw
o passages, it is statistically reasonable to assume that the vast majority, if
not all, of the monitors of other states will also contain them.
What is the common source of the text? The first passage is from the ritual of E
ntered Apprentice degree, while the second passage is from the ritual of the Mas
ter Mason degree. During the third degree ritual, just before Hiram Abiff is rai
sed from the dead, the Worshipful Master offers a prayer which ends with the fol
"Yet, O Lord! have compassion on the children of thy creation, administer them c
omfort in time of trouble, and save them with an everlasting salvation. Amen. So
mote it be."
No Mason can truthfully say that the Lodge does not hold out the hope of salvati
on to the Master Mason. The man who has not been in the Lodge in years, and prob
ably doesn't remember ritual clearly, can check his monitor and verify that Maso
nry teaches that the Master Mason may expect salvation.
Master Masons include Moslems, Hindus, Buddhists, Mormons, members of Christian
Churches and some who have no religious affiliation other than the Lodge. Masonr
y requires only a belief in a Deity. Moslems, Hindus, Buddhists, and Mormons all
reject the unique Deity of Jesus Christ. Since Masonry teaches that Master Maso
ns as a class are redeemed from the death of sin, raised to the faith of salvati
on, many die in the vacant hope of a glorious immortality.
Masonry is claiming one of the following to be true:
1. Something is brought about in the making of a Master Mason which provides sa
2. All men who believe in a Deity have salvation, regardless of the identity of
that Deity.
Either teaching is unacceptable to a Christian. The Mason who professes to be C
hristian is presented with a bit of a dilemma. Can a man be a Christian and at t
he same time embrace an organization which gives assurance of salvation on terms
other than faith in Jesus Christ? What will Jesus say?
How is the education process continued?
The ritual of Freemasonry, as well as the writings in the monitors, assures the
Master Mason of salvation. However, the ritual and the monitors do not explain e
xactly how the Master Mason is to be saved. The deeper meanings of the rituals c
ontained in the secret teachings are concealed from some, while revealed to othe
rs. What does the Grand Lodge of Indiana do to encourage the new Master Mason to
discover the deeper meanings behind the ritual? In the Indiana Monitor and Free
mason's Guide, the Grand Lodge of Indiana states:
"In the ceremonies of making a Mason, we do not attempt to do more than to indic
ate the pathway Masonic knowledge, to lay the foundation for the Masonic edifice
. The brother must pursue the journey or complete the structure for himself by r
eading and reflection." (page 124)
Clearly, the Grand Lodge of Indiana advises all Master Masons that they are not
being given all of the significant knowledge about Freemasonry. They are told th
at they must read, and reflect upon what they have read, to obtain a complete un
derstanding. Which books should a Mason read to learn about Freemasonry? Obvious
ly, those written by Masonic authors. But, some Masons don't spend the time to d
o the required reading to complete the structure
or to develop an in depth knowledge of Freemasonry. In their ignorance, they ar
e unaware of how much they don't know. Those who do spend the time to do the res
earch necessary to understand the deeper things of the craft are bound by oath n
ot to reveal them to non-Masons. Each man determines for himself if he will gain
access to additional Masonic teachings or not. If he is excluded from additiona
l knowledge, it is because he has not made the effort to read and reflect.
Various methods used by other Grand Lodges
The monitors used in Ohio Lodges are not as detailed as those of Indiana, South
Carolina and some other states. Masonic Lodge Methods (17) by L. B. Blakemore,
a Past Grand Master of Ohio, discusses the importance of the Lodge library and s
uggests the following:
"It is suggested that when a Candidate has been Raised, and while he is still in
the Master's care, the Lodge Librarian, or the Chaplain, or the Master himself
should address him somewhat as follows: 'I herewith present you with a Masonic b
ook which I have borrowed for you from our Lodge Library (or other Masonic Libra
ry). You will read it and return it and secure another one and so continue your
search for more light in Masonry.' This is impressive and figures in the Candid
ate's mind as a part of his Initiation and starts him out on a search for more '
Masonic Light' and information. The book presented should be an interesting one
carefully selected with a view to his ability to appreciate it. (pages 43 and 44
The practice of giving a book to a new Master Mason rather than lending one from
the Lodge Library is also common. Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company's
September 1992 catalog (18) names THE BUILDERS (19) as one of the outstanding
classics in Masonic literature. The catalog goes on to say that many Grand Lodge
s present a copy to each newly raised Mason. Evidence of that fact was found in
a copy of THE BUILDERS. The bookplate states: "Presented to (the man's name) on
being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason." It was signed by the Master
of a Wisconsin Lodge.
THE BUILDERS and its author, Joseph Fort Newton, are listed in footnotes and tex
t in Masonic monitors from various states. In the Indiana Monitor and Freemason'
s Guide, a long quote from THE BUILDERS is reproduced. The text just prior to t
he quote identifies the author and title of the book and states that: "It bids f
air to become a Masonic classic." (page 162)
The Kentucky Monitor (20) contains a long quote from The Builders. The quote is
used to answer the question: When is a man a Mason?
Just before the quote, which is used to answer the question, the Kentucky Monit
or states:
"There is no satisfactory formula, Dr. Joseph Fort Newton, in his Masonic class
ic, 'The Builders' at least expresses its true philosophy when he says: . . . (p
age ix)
When Grand Lodges take writings of a particular man for use in Masonic monitors,
they themselves do not author that portion of the monitor, but grant authority
to those who wrote the quoted text. In the act of quoting, the Grand Lodge ackno
wledges the author to be an accepted source of accurate Masonic information. In
other words, the Grand Lodge identifies the author being quoted as a Masonic aut
hority. Denials that Masonic authors who are quoted in official Grand Lodge publ
ications are authorities on Freemasonry ring hollow.
The Masonic training booklets which were compiled by the Committee on Masonic Ed
ucation, and have been reprinted by various Grand Lodges, stress the importance
of the writings of Masonic authors. The final booklet, THE MASTER MASON, contain
s the following:
"It is safe to say that among the countless thousands who have in the past been
raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, no one of them realized at the tim
e the full implications of the ceremony. This clearly would be impossible. Yet i
t is vitally important that the deeper meanings of this degree be understood if
one is to become a Master Mason in fact as well as in name."(page 2)
THE MASTER MASON has been authorized and is used by multiple Grand Lodges includ
ing those of Iowa, Indiana and North Carolina. The Grand Lodges teach that a man
cannot become a Master Mason in fact as well as in name until he knows the deep
er meanings of the Master Mason Degree. The implications of such a teaching are
significant. If Master Masons as a class have salvation, then unless a particula
r man was a Master Mason in fact as well as in name, he would not necessarily ha
ve salvation. The instruction continues:
"This final booklet is intended to indicate something of what lies beyond the in
struction you have already received. If it encourages you to investigate still f
urther it will indeed have served a good purpose. The literature of Masonry in a
ll its many phases is within your reach and your Worshipful Master or Secretary
can give you particulars. (page 2)
Your enjoyment of Freemasonry, its value to you in your future life, your contri
bution to the fulfillment of its great mission, will be in direct proportion to
your understanding of its secrets, which, if you recall the degree through which
you have just passed, you do not yet have and which can only be gained by your
own endeavors and the assistance of your brethren . . . Much has been written of
Freemasonry. Probably your own Lodge possesses a library of books telling of th
e history of Freemasonry and treating of its philosophy, symbolism, and jurispru
dence. These books are at your disposal at all times and there are many others t
hat you may purchase for study in your own home. (page 3-4)
Clearly, the Grand Lodges using these booklets are endorsing use of the Lodge li
brary as a means to becoming a Master Mason in fact as well as one in name. The
Grand Lodges also state that many of the Masonic books, which they would have a
new Master Mason read to gain an understanding of the deeper meanings, are avail
able for purchase.
A non-Mason Can Understand the Secrets of Masonry
The rituals of the first three degrees have been thoroughly revealed and are ava
ilable in written form to anyone who has an interest in them. Masonic books whic
h are found in Lodge libraries are available from a number of sources. An indiv
idual who is not a Mason can read and reflect and come to a very detailed unders
tanding of Masonic teachings. The primary criteria should be to identify those m
aterials which are produced for the consumption of Masons by a credible Masonic
authority and which are distributed throughout the Masonic system with the knowl
edge and cooperation of ruling Masonic bodies such as a Grand Lodge.
Discovering the Deeper Meaning
If the new Mason raised in Indiana diligently read all of the materials issued
to him by the Grand Lodge of Indiana, it would be reasonable for him to start hi
s search for the deeper meanings of the ritual by obtaining a copy of THE BUILDE
RS, by Joseph Fort Newton. It is endorsed as a classic in both the Indiana and K
entucky monitors. Many Grand Lodges present a copy of it to the new Master Mason
. THE BUILDERS is the first Masonic book, not published by a Grand Lodge, which
many Masons read. THE BUILDERS contains a chapter which is titled The Secret Doc
trine. The chapter title gives away the fact that the Masonic Lodge does indeed
have a Secret Doctrine. Current editions contain a seven-page bibliography whic
h points the seeking Mason to Masonic books which explain the Secret Doctrine in
detail. Several of the Masonic books used here to document the Secret Doctrine
are listed in the bibliography in THE BUILDERS.
Tying the Existence of a Secret Doctrine to the Grand Lodge
Indirectly tying the existence of the Secret Doctrine back to the Grand Lodge of
Indiana and many other states is not difficult. When a Masonic Monitor or other
Grand Lodge publication uses quotes from THE BUILDERS, or declares that it is a
Masonic classic, an indirect link between the Secret Doctrine and the Grand Lo
dge has been created.
Finding a direct link between the Secret Doctrine and a Grand Lodge is more diff
It would appear that a direct link exists in the Kentucky Monitor. The thirteent
h edition of the Kentucky Monitor contains an index that lists Secret Doctrine
among the entries. Seventeen pages are listed as having information about the Se
cret Doctrine. The most direct passage is found in a preface entitled The Spirit
of Masonry:
"This, in short, is a synopsis of the story that Masonry attempts to tell, the S
ecret Doctrine, completed from the wisdom of the ancient East." (page xix)
Most of the text referring to the Secret Doctrine on those seventeen pages of th
e Kentucky Monitor is similar to the following two passages:
"Masonry has been defined as a beautiful system of morality, veiled in allegory
and illustrated by symbols. Now an allegory is a story told to illustrate or con
vey some truth. Some of the most important truths have been handed down to us th
rough allegories, that being one of the favorite methods of the Master used to c
onvey His teachings. It is one of the peculiarities of an allegory that its mess
age may not be understood by all men. One must be prepared with his own mind and
heart to receive the truth or else he sees it not. It is only a few of all thos
e who hear who perceive the lesson designed to be taught by the allegory. The gr
eat majority, having ears to hear, hear not; having eyes to see, see not the bea
utiful lesson but hear only a pretty story that interests for a short while and
then is lost. But the earnest seeker for truth, he who is duly and truly prepare
d for its perception, sees beyond the veil of the allegory and perceives the bea
utiful, simple truth which it conceals from the multitude but reveals to the cho
sen few. (page 20)
"So, my brother, Masonry teaches by allegories and symbols, and it is your part
to extract from them the truths that will be of service to you in the building o
f an upright Masonic character. If you perceive only the stories that Masonry pr
esents to you and do not see deeper into what they are designed to teach, you wi
ll miss the most wonderful part of Masonry . . ." (pages 20-21)
Does this link the Grand Lodge of Kentucky directly to the existence of a Secret
Doctrine? Some would say no, because the Kentucky Monitor is not published dire
ctly by the Grand Lodge of Kentucky. Yet, the Kentucky Monitor, which was arrang
ed by Henry Pirtle, has been presented to new Master Masons in Lodges throughout
Kentucky for more than fifty years. Pirtle is a Past Master or former Worshipfu
l Master of the Lodge. Like the Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide, the Kentu
cky Monitor borrows much of its verbiage from books written by Masonic authoriti
es and those books and authors are often listed in footnotes. Because the Kentuc
ky Monitor is not published by the Grand Lodge it can be slightly more direct wi
thout linking the Grand Lodge to the Secret Doctrine.
Others would say that it does directly link the Grand Lodge of Kentucky to the e
xistence of a Secret Doctrine because the Kentucky Monitor is presented to every
Master Mason raised in the Bluegrass state. The Grand Lodge obviously is aware
of the contents of the monitor; it has been in use for more than fifty years.
Many Grand Lodges direct that a copy of THE BUILDERS be given to every new Mast
er Mason. Some would say that when a new Master Mason is given a copy of THE BU
ILDERS as part of his Third Degree ceremony, a direct link to the existence of
the Secret Doctrine is legally and legitimately formed. Obviously, if the teachi
ngs in THE BUILDERS, including the teaching of the existence of the Secret Doctr
ine, were not compatible with Freemasonry, Grand Lodges would not promote or dis
tribute the book.
Can we understand Freemasonry without understanding the Secret Doctrine?
Swinburne Clymer wrote the following in THE MYSTICISM OF MASONRY: (21)
"The Secret Doctrine is the complete philosophy of Masonic Symbolism." (page 48)
Clymer's statement is correct. The true nature of the Masonic Lodge cannot be u
nderstood without understanding the Secret Doctrine and comparing it to the Gosp
el of Jesus. Masonic author George Steinmetz wrote THE LOST WORD ITS HIDDEN MEAN
ING. (22) The jacket flap of the book contains a statement that the book was "W
ritten with the primary purpose of delving into the Secret Doctrine in Freemason
Chapter 2 is titled The Secret Doctrine. Steinmetz wrote:
"The Secret Doctrine, being the real secret of Freemasonry, is not divulged even
to the candidate. There is no machinery set up in the ritual fters contained th
erein through their use, simulatioor the purpose, and the Secret Doctrine itself
is not even acknowledged to exist . . . Officially, the ritual is 'all that the
re is.' and no Grand Lodge will go beyond that fact and attempt to define the te
achings of Masonry, nor will any Grand Lodge (to my knowledge) admit the existen
ce of the Secret Doctrine which is so openly discussed and written about by Maso
nic students and authorities on Masonic symbolism. (pages 10-11)
Steinmetz continues:
"The Secret Doctrine in Freemasonry cannot be too strongly stressed. Firstly, be
cause there are those, in the Order, who in their lack of knowledge claim that i
t does not exist; secondly, because the seeking Mason can gain no further light
than is shed by the ritual itself, until he starts his quest for the REAL SECRET
S of the hidden Mysteries of Freemasonry and they are found WITHIN THE SECRET DO
CTRINE! (pages 12-13)
After considering the writings of Steinmetz, the Indiana Monitor and Freemason's
Guide, the Kentucky Monitor and Masonic Lodge Methods by Blakemore, we gain a b
etter understanding of the method. The Lodge avoids directly referring to the Se
cret Doctrine. Instead, it tells the new Master Mason that there is more to lear
n and the way to learn is to read. This method of instruction provides Grand Lod
ges an ability to deny responsibility for the Secret Doctrine or even to deny th
e existence of the Secret Doctrine. Even as they deny the existence of the Secre
t Doctrine, they continue to encourage the discovery of it. Masonic practice cas
ts serious doubt on the credibility of denials of either the existence of the Se
cret Doctrine, or that it accurately reflects Masonic teaching.
Additional Details of the Meaning of the Legend of the Third Degree
The Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide stated of the Legend of the Third Degr
"By its legend and all its ritual, it is implied that we have been redeemed from
the death of sin and the sepulchre of pollution. (pages 144-145)
The Indiana Monitor makes the claim that Masons are redeemed from the death of s
in, yet the monitor fails to explain the details of the salvation process. MYSTI
C MASONRY, by J.D. Buck contains a more complete explanation of the meaning of t
he Legend of the Third Degree:
"In the third degree the candidate impersonates Hiram, who has been shown to be
identical with the Christos of the Greeks, and with the Sun-Gods of all other na
tions. The superiority of Masonry at this point over all exoteric Religions cons
ists in this: All these religions take the symbol for the thing symbolized. Chri
st was originally like the father. Now He is made identical with the Father. In
deifying Jesus the whole of humanity is bereft of Christos as an eternal potency
within every human soul, a latent Christ in every man. In thus deifying one man
, they have orphaned the whole of humanity! On the other hand, Masonry, in makin
g every candidate personify Hiram, has preserved the original teaching, which is
a universal glyphic. Few candidates may be aware that Hiram whom they have rep
resented and personified is ideally, and precisely the same as Christ. Yet such
is undoubtedly the case. This old philosophy shows what Christ as a glyphic mean
s, and how the Christ-state results from real Initiation, or from the evolution
of the human into the Divine. pages 133-134)
The thrust of the paragraph is that Jesus is not unique. Buck writes that Hiram
Abiff is identical to Jesus the Christ! Buck states that by declaring Jesus to b
e uniquely God, orthodox Christianity has deprived the whole of humanity from th
e possibility of becoming Christs! The Christ-state is said to be the goal for e
ach man. Each Mason can evolve from the human into the Divine through Masonic In
itiation! In other words, man can become God!
Most Masons will deny that this could be a viable explanation of the Legend of t
he Third Degree. Some are sincere and are simply ignorant of the facts. A Master
Mason who was raised in Kentucky claimed that he had never seen anything in his
Masonic experience which would in any way agree with the interpretation of J.D.
Buck. He claimed that none of the materials he had been given contained anythin
g similar. The man said that he had not read any Masonic book other than the Ken
tucky Monitor. Yet, the Kentucky Monitor contains the following text in the pref
ace. The context is a discussion of the religions of antiquity and how each beli
eved in a Mediator or Redeemer.
"All believed in a future life, to be attained by purification and trials; in a
state or successive states of reward and punishment; and in a Mediator or Redeem
er, by whom the Evil Principle was to be overcome and the Supreme Deity reconcil
ed to His creatures. The belief was general that He was to be born of a virgin a
nd suffer a painful death. The Hindus called him Krishna; the Chinese, Kioun-tse
; the Persians, Sosiosch; the Chaldeans, Dhouvanai; the Egyptians, Horus; Plato,
Love; the Scandinavians, Balder; the Christians, Jesus; Masons, Hiram. It is in
teresting that the 'small hill west of Mount Moriah' has been identified as Golg
otha, or Mount Calvary. (pages XIV-XV)
The meaning of this paragraph in the Kentucky Monitor is clear. Jesus is the re
deemer of Christians and Hiram is a redeemer for Masons! The Kentucky Monitor cl
early presents Hiram Abiff as being in the same classification as Jesus! It even
identifies the'small hill west of Mount Moriah' with Calvary!
The AHIMAN REZON, the monitor of South Carolina, supports the identification of
Hiram with Jesus:
"The small hill near Mount Moriah can be clearly identified by the most convinci
ng analogies as being no other than Mount Calvary . . . The Christian Mason will
readily perceive the peculiar character of the symbolism which this identificat
ion of the spot on which the great truth of the resurrection was unfolded in bot
h systems(the Masonic and the Christian)must suggest. "(pages 147-148)
The preface to the Kentucky Monitor contains other comparisons. In a discussion
of the book of John, which they say was written to prove the authors view of a c
ontested question, the following is found:
"He commences his essay, ëIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God.' Of course the Word was lost at the death of the Chri
stian's Redeemer, Jesus, as at the death of Hiram. ( page XVI)
Jesus is the Word. The Kentucky Monitor states that the Word was lost when Jesus
died. Christians know that Jesus is alive and the Word was not lost. Jesus rose
from the dead and stands victorious. They are clearly implying that Jesus is de
ad. The final portion from the preface of the Kentucky Monitor which verifies th
e correctness of J. D. Buck's interpretation of the ritual concerns the teaching
that man can become God. From the Kentucky Monitor:
"The three really great rituals of the human race are the ritual of ancient Hind
uism, the Mass of the Christian Church, and the Third Degree of Masonry. Widely
as they may differ in detail, and far apart as they may seem to be in externals,
yet together they testify to the profoundest insight of the human soul, that Go
d becomes man that man may become God! "(page XX)
There are at least two major issues to be considered here. First, the Kentucky
Monitor agrees with Buck's interpretation that man can become God! The second is
the implication that God (Jesus) became man and then became God. Jesus became m
an but, He NEVER became God. HE WAS ALWAYS GOD. The implication that he became G
od is very close to implying that he became a Christ! It is equivalent to saying
that Jesus was not Christ when he came in the flesh.
The original source of this text is page 183 of THE BUILDERS, by Joseph Fort New
ton. Those Lodges which present that book to new Master Masons are providing tra
ining materials which directly state that man can become God.
Additional details of the Secret Doctrine reveal the Masonic plan of salvation m
ore completely. MYSTIC MASONRY, by J.D. Buck, M.D., contains a chapter titled T
he Secret Doctrine. Buck writes:
"Every soul must 'work out its own salvation,' and 'take the Kingdom of Heaven b
y force.' Salvation by faith and the vicarious atonement were not taught, as now
interpreted, by Jesus, nor are these doctrines taught in the exoteric Scripture
s. They are later and ignorant perversions of the original doctrines. In the Ear
ly Church, as in the Secret Doctrine, there was not one Christ for the whole wor
ld, but a potential Christ in every man." (page 57)
Later in the chapter Buck further explains:
"It is far more important that men should strive to become Christs than that the
y should believe that Jesus was Christ. If the Christ-state can be attained by b
ut one human being during the whole evolution of the race, then the evolution of
man is a farce and human perfection an impossibility. Jesus is no less Divine b
ecause all men may reach the same Divine perfection. (page 62)
According to the Secret Doctrine, faith in Jesus the Christ is not necessary for
salvation. Notice that in the Secret Doctrine, the meaning of Christ has been r
edefined. Instead of referring to the Messiah when they use the term, they refer
to a state or condition which man can attain. The Secret Doctrine teaches that
Jesus was Christ, but he was not the only one to attain that state. Being Christ
is vital to Masonic salvation.
The Secret Doctrine states that each man must work out his own salvation. Accord
ing to the Secret Doctrine, Jesus is not unique. He is just another man; all men
can become Christs. But, what does the Bible say?
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto
the Father, but by me "(John 14:6)
"Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of
Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even
by him doth this man stand here before you whole. {11} This is the stone which
was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. {12}
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heav
en given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:1-12)
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely
by his grace through redemption that is in Christ Jesus."(Romans 3:23)
Terminology of the Secret Doctrine
The terminology of the Secret Doctrine of the Masonic Lodge is largely unfamilia
r to Christians and for that matter, many Masons. General categories of terms de
scribe major concepts. Often multiple terms are used to refer to a particular co
ncept. Cosmic consciousness, Christ-consciousness and possession of the Lost Wor
d all refer to the same state, the Christ-state, wherein the individual Mason ha
s worked out his own salvation. Initiation, Evolution, Divine Science, Science o
f Soul Development and Soul Architecture, are terms that all describe the same
salvation process.
In the Secret Doctrine, possession of the Lost Word is the key to salvation. In
"After the candidate is obligated and brought to Light in the third degree, he i
s bantered with the statement that undoubtedly he now imagines himself a Master
Mason. He is informed not only that such is not the case but that there is no ce
rtainty that he will ever become such. He subsequently starts on his journey for
the discovery of the Lost Word." (page 49)
Clymer is referring here to that section of the third degree ritual just prior t
o the portion where the candidate portrays Hiram Abiff. The candidate is intenti
onally misled that the Lodge is about to be closed. He is asked how it feels to
be a Master Mason, etc. and then the Worshipful Master tells him, "Brother (man'
s name), you are not yet a Master Mason, neither do I know that you will ever be
. . ."
The hoodwink is again placed over his eyes before the ritual continues. The cand
idate then portrays Hiram Abiff in the Legend of the Third Degree which deals wi
th the death of Hiram and the loss of the Word. Clymer writes of the Lost Word:
"Every man who takes upon himself the Masonic obligation, can, if he will, find
this Lost Word. The material required in the process of transmutation is within
himself as surely as a man who has his cellar filled with coal and a furnace whe
rein to burn it, has all that is required to start a roaring fire which will hea
t his house. Finding the Lost Word is an individual work. Each Soul must accompl
ish it or miss Immortality and this is true whether a man be a churchman or a Ma
son or both. (page 55)
In the last sentence, Clymer claims that churchmen, those who have accepted Jesu
s as their Lord and Savior and who have faith in Jesus as the Christ, will not h
ave salvation unless they also find the Lost Word.
Other Masonic writers stress the importance of finding the Lost Word. Consider t
he words of Rev. Charles H. Vail in Ancient Mysteries and Modern Masonry: (23)
"The symbol of the Lost Word and the legend of the search for it, embodies the w
hole design of Freemasonry. The primary object of Freemasonry is the search afte
r Divine Truth. The Word is a symbol of this Divine Truth, and this truth is the
key to the Science of the Soul. "(page 211)
Vail reveals clearly that the Lost Word is not a literal word but a symbol which
represents Divine Truth. Masonic writer Manly Palmer Hall wrote THE LOST KEYS O
F FREEMASONRY. Hall was lifted up as Masonry's greatest philosopher in his obitu
ary in the November 1990 issue of The Scottish Rite Journal. Although Hall wrote
more than 50 books and 65 smaller works, The Lost Keys of Freemasonry is the mo
st well known and used. (24) The obituary stated, "Hall did not teach a new doct
rine but was an ambassador of an ageless tradition of wisdom that enriches us to
this day." (25)
Hall wrote of the Lost Word in his work, THE LOST KEYS OF FREEMASONRY:
"The Word is found when the Master himself is ordained by the living hand of God
, cleansed by living water, baptized by living fire, a Priest King after the Ord
er of Melchizedek who is above the law." (page 59)
Hall is saying that the Master Mason becomes a Christ when the Lost Word is foun
d. The Melchizedek priesthood is the priesthood of Jesus Christ, mentioned in He
brews 5:5-6. The teaching that man can become a Christ is the cornerstone of the
Secret Doctrine. Masonry's greatest philosopher embraced that teaching until hi
s death in 1990.
In ANCIENT OPERATIVE MASONRY, (26) S.R. Parchment sums up Masonic teaching on t
he Lost Word, the Christ within and redemption contained in the Secret Doctrine:
"The 'Lost Word' is the Christ within, to which the Mystic Mason looks for redem
ption. Thus the Master Jesus, who was an Initiate of the Ancient Operative Schoo
l, taught his followers that the kingdom of heaven is within. In the early churc
h, as in the secret doctrine, there was not a personal Christ for the whole worl
d but a potential Christ in every living being. Yea, the mystic while investigat
ing the intangible realms beholds potential Christs in the atoms which compose t
he universe. Hence Masons believe in the Architect of the Universe, but positive
ly not in Jesus the man as the only Son of God.(Page 35)
Discovering the Lost Word
The process through which the Lost Word is rediscovered is known as Initiation.
Initiation, Evolution, Divine Science, Science of Soul Development, Soul Archite
cture, and rediscovery of the Lost Word are all important terms in the language
of the Secret Doctrine and all describe the salvation process. Understanding the
Secret Doctrine, requires understanding Masonic Initiation.
The significance of Initiation
H.L. Haywood wrote about the significance of Initiation in the chapter titled Th
e Meaning of Initiation and Secrecy in THE GREAT TEACHINGS OF MASONRY:
"Masonic initiation is intended to be quite as profound and as revolutionizing a
n experience. As result of it the candidate should become a new man: he should h
ave a new range of thought; a new feeling about mankind; a new idea about God...
" (page 31)
After the reader has become fully aware of the Secret Doctrine the statement wil
l be understood to have a ponderous meaning. In the chapter titled The Secret Do
ctrine Continued, in Buck's book MYSTIC MASONRY, we find that the process of Hu
man Evolution (Initiation) is one in which man evolves from man into God by beco
ming Christ.
". . . becoming perfect in Humanity, man attains Divinity. In other words, he be
comes Christos. This is the meaning, aim, and consummation of Human Evolution;
and this Philosophy defines the one-only process by which it may be attained. Th
e Perfect Man is Christ: and Christ is God. This is the birth-right and destiny
of every human soul. (page 85-86)
Initiation is the evolutionary process by which the Secret Doctrine declares tha
t man can become a Christ and therefore God. This is the same deception that Sat
an used with Eve.
The Technique of Initiation
Those unacquainted with the Secret Doctrine would initially assume that Initiati
on is a ceremony, but such a assumption is incorrect. MYSTIC MASONRY, by Buck co
ntains an explanation:
"All real Initiation is an internal, not an external process . . . It is thus th
at man must 'work out his own salvation.' The consummation of initiation is the
Perfect Master, the Christos, for these are the same. They are the goal, the per
fect consummation of human evolution. (page 86)
This provides a clue to the true nature of Initiation. Initiation does not refer
to a ceremony, but to an internal process. The discipline of Initiation is disc
ussed in great detail in THE MASONIC INITIATION, (27) by W. L. Wilmshurst:
"It may be a surprise to some members of our Craft to be told that our ceremonia
l rites, as at present performed, do not constitute or confer real Initiation at
all, in the original sense of admitting a man to the solemn mysteries of the hu
man soul, and to practical experience in divine science. . . . We profess to co
nfer Initiation, but few Masons know what real Initiation involves; very few, on
e fears, would have the wish, the courage, or the willingness to make the necess
ary sacrifices to attain it if they did. (page 17)
The meaning of the last sentence in this last quotation is profound. What kind o
f sacrifices are required? Wilmshurst's statement that few Masons know what real
Initiation involves is true. His suggestion that very few would be willing to m
ake the required sacrifice if they did understand is also true. Wilmshurst conti
"For real Initiation means an expansion of consciousness from the human to the d
ivine level. (page 19)
"For those upon the path to real Initiation, meditation is essential.
(page 45)
" . . Initiation always occurs when the physical body is in a state of trance or
sleep, and when the temporarily liberated consciousness has been transferred to
a higher level . . . yet in the actual experience of soul-architecture Initiati
on succeeds Initiation upon increasingly higher levels of the ladder as the indi
vidual becomes correspondingly ripe for them, able to bear their strain and to a
ssimilate their revelations. (page 87-88)
"Initiation has no other end than this conscious union between the individual so
ul and the Universal Divine Spirit. (page 54)
So then, Initiation is a process in which a Mason goes into trance by passive me
ditation and attains conscious union; that is, he establishes communications wit
h the Masonic god. By attaining conscious union with that god, he becomes a Chri
st. The process of Initiation recurs over months and years and after each consci
ous union with the Masonic god he has new understandings about himself and about
the god. Initiation is evolutionary; the Mason evolves into a god himself.
Identifying the God of Freemasonry
Clearly Masons, who discover the Lost Word through the process of Initiation, do
not attain conscious union with their god through Jesus. They deny that Jesus i
s the one true Christ. From the writings of John, we can be certain that the God
of the Bible is not the Masonic god.
"Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, t
hat denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not
the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. "(1 John
John tells us that he that denies that Jesus is the Christ is antichrist. Paul
tells us that there is only one God and one Christ:
"But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in h
im; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. (1 Corinth
ians 8:6)
The Secret Doctrine teaches that Jesus was born an ordinary man and that he beca
me a Christ later. He did not come as Christ in the flesh. THE MEANING OF MASONR
Y, (28) by Lynn Perkins contains the following:
"Jesus of Nazareth had attained a level of consciousness, of perfection, that ha
s been called by various names: cosmic consciousness, soul regeneration, philoso
phic initiation, spiritual illumination, Brahmic Splendor, Christ-consciousness.
(page 53)
Perkins writes that Jesus attained Christ-consciousness. Perkins is saying that
Jesus did not have Christ-consciousness, which is the same thing as the consciou
sness of Christ, when he came in the flesh. We know from the writings of John th
at the god of Freemasonry is the spirit of Antichrist:
"And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is
not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it
should come; and even now already is it in the world. (1 John 4:3)
For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ
is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. (2 John 1:7)
Conscious Union with the Spirit of Antichrist
Masons who embrace the Secret Doctrine attain conscious union with the spirit of
Antichrist. Manly Palmer Hall offers some clues in THE LOST KEYS OF FREEMASONRY
"When the Mason learns that the key to the warrior on the block is the proper ap
plication of the dynamo of living power, he has learned the mystery of his Craft
. The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands and before he may step onwar
d and upward, he must prove his ability to properly apply energy." (page 48)
Hall, Freemasonry's Greatest Philosopher, indicates that Lucifer is the power be
hind the Lodge and that those who learn the mysteries of the Craft may tap into
the seething energies of Lucifer.Hall also identifies the spirit which Masons a
ttain union with in words which most Masons do not understand:
"In Freemasonry is concealed the mystery of creation, the answer to the problem
of existence, and the path the student must tread in order to join those who are
really the living powers behind the thrones of modern national and internationa
l affairs. (page 18)
The Master Mason, if he be truly a Master, is in communication with the unseen p
owers that move the destinies of life. (page 57)
What does the Bible say? Who is this unseen power which controls the world?
"We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the cont
rol of the evil one ."(1 John 5:19 NIV)
THE BUILDERS was written by Joseph Fort Newton in 1914. It is the classic that t
oday is often presented to newly raised Master Masons. The bibliography contains
references to most of the major books and authors that reveal the hidden meanin
gs behind Masonry. In the chapter titled Secret Doctrine, the following is found
"Perhaps the greatest student in this field of esoteric teaching and method, cer
tainly the greatest now living, is Arthur Edward Waite, to whom it is a pleasure
to pay tribute. (page 57)
The tribute continues from page 57 through page 61. Newton speaks of Waite's wri
tings as:
". . . a series of volumes noble in form, united in aim, unique in wealth of rev
ealing beauty, and of unequaled worth.
(page 59)
Waite, who until his death in 1945 was considered a great student of the Secret
and THE WAY OF DIVINE UNION. On pages 244 through 248 of THE BOOK OF BLACK MAGIC
, (29) are detailed instructions for conjuring Emperor Lucifer, conjuring Luci
fer, Master and Prince of Rebellious Spirits.For obvious reasons it will not be
quoted here. Waite, one of the Masonic greats, was a Luciferian.
Scriptural Evidence of Demonic Communication
Is conscious union with the spirit of Antichrist or communication with demons po
ssible? Consider Paul's words to Timothy:
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart f
rom the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speakin
g lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; "(1 Timothy
It is obvious that for anyone to give heed to seducing spirits and their doctrin
es, the doctrines must be communicated from the seducing spirits to man. The Mas
onic doctrine that a Mason can become a Christ is not of God. It is clearly of S
atan, the Antichrist. Masonic Initiation is a process, central to the Secret Doc
trine, whereby the doctrines of devils are communicated to Masons by demons whil
e they are in trance. The previously quoted passage from THE MASONIC INITIATION
can be understood to agree with the realities as predicted in scripture:
". . . yet in the actual experience of soul-architecture Initiation succeeds Ini
tiation upon increasingly higher levels of the ladder as the individual becomes
correspondingly ripe for them, able to bear their strain and to assimilate their
(page 87-88)
The process of Masonic Initiation is one in which the conscience of the individu
al is seared as with a hot iron. As his spirit is progressively deadened, he is
able to bear more and then more of the revelations of darkness.
What is the expected result of Masonic Initiation?
Knowing the identity of the Masonic god, a clear understanding of the result of
conscious union with that god becomes possible. From ANCIENT MYSTERIES AND MODER
"Initiation, as we shall see in a subsequent lecture, was regeneration, a real s
piritual 'new becoming' or re-birth. The candidate himself became the thing symb
olized:Hermes, Buddha, Christ, etc. This state was the result of real Initiation
, an evolution of the human into the divine. (page 33)
He is saying that a Masonic initiate is reborn and has a new becoming. When a ma
n becomes a Christian, he is reborn. Masonry has a similar born-again experience
that will literally change a man's life. From The Masonic Initiation:
"True self-knowledge is unobstructed conscious union of the human spirit with Go
d and the realization of their identity. In that identic union the unreal, super
ficial selves have become obliterated. The sense of personality is lost, merged
in the Impersonal and Universal. The little Ego is assumed into the great All, a
nd knows as It knows. Man realizes his own inherent ultimate Divinity, and thenc
eforth lives and acts no longer as a separate individual, with an independent wi
ll, but in integration with the Divine Life and Will, whose instrument he become
s, whose purposes he thenceforth serves. (page 49)
The Mason becomes unable to act as a separate individual and becomes an instrume
nt of the Masonic god. From ANCIENT MYSTERIES AND MODERN MASONRY, by Rev. Charle
s H. Vail:
"The consummation of all this was to make the Initiate a God, either by union wi
th a Divine Being without or by the realization of the Divine Self within. (page
With a clear understanding of the Secret Doctrine, we can understand the true me
aning of the following passages that were quoted previously. From the chapter ti
tled The Meaning of Initiation and Secrecy in THE GREAT TEACHINGS OF MASONRY:
"Masonic initiation is intended to be quite as profound and revolutionizing an e
xperience. As a result of it the candidate should become a new man: he should ha
ve a new range of thought; a new feeling about mankind; a new idea about God ...
(page 31)
The statement from THE MASONIC INITIATION, by W. L. Wilmshurst also can be seen
to have a profound meaning:
"We profess to confer Initiation, but few Masons know what real Initiation invol
ves; very few, one fears, would have the wish, the courage, or the willingness t
o make the necessary sacrifices to attain it if they did. (page 17)
Understanding the Purpose of the Masonic Lodge
In THE GREAT TEACHINGS OF MASONRY. H. L. Haywood wrote the following:
"The Fraternity itself exists in order to keep fixed on a man a certain set of i
nfluences, and in order to bring about certain changes in the world, etc.: its s
ecrecy is a means to that end, and helps to make such a purpose possible. (page
It is clear from an understanding of the Secret Doctrine and of Scripture, the c
ertain set of influences Haywood is referring to are demons. Haywood reveals the
reason for Masonic secrecy. From THE MASONIC INITIATION, we can see that the o
bjective of Masonry is to bring men under the influence of demons through the pr
ocess of Masonic Initiation:
"Initiation has no other end than this conscious union between the individual so
ul and the Universal Divine Spirit." (page 54)
". . . the whole purpose and end of Initiation, the union of the personal soul w
ith its Divine Principle. Masonry has no other objective than this; all other m
atters of interest connected with it are but details subsidiary to this supreme
achievement. (page 55)
The following is a summary of the major teachings contained in the Secret Doctri
1. There is not one Christ for the whole world, but a potential Christ in each m
an. It is far more important to become a Christ than it is to believe that Jesus
was Christ.
2. Since each man can become a Christ himself, Masons have no need for the clean
sing blood of Jesus.
3. Through the process of Masonic Initiation, man may attain conscious union wit
h the god of Freemasonry. The process of Masonic Initiation is not a ceremony, b
ut an internal process which occurs while the individual is in trance.
4. When conscious union with the Masonic god is attained, the Lost Word is found
. The Mason has worked out his own salvation. He has become a Christ and thus a
god himself.
But, that is just not so. Jesus said it as simply as it could be stated,
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except th
rough me. (John 14:6)
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3. Charter, Coil's Masonic Encyclopedia, Henry Wilson Coil, 1961, Macoy Pub
lishing & Masonic supply company, page 125.
4. Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide, 1975 edition, page 23.
5 . Indiana Blue Book of Masonic Law, 1953, Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Ma
sons of the State of Indiana, page 75.
6. Masonic Manual and Code, 1944, Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons o
f Georgia, page 313.
7. Ibid, page 315.
8. Masonic Text Book, 19th edition, 1919, The Grand Lodge of A. F. & A. M.
of the State of West Virginia, page 25.
9. Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide, page 11.
10. The Great Teachings of Masonry, H. L. Haywood, Copyrights 1921-1922 by T
he National Masonic Research Society, 1923 by The Masonic Service Association of
the United States, 1971 and 1986 by Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company
, Inc.
11. Manual of the Lodge, Albert G. Mackey, 1861, Macoy & Sickles, page 96.
12. Ibid, Page 96.
13. The Ahiman Rezon or Book of Constitutions of the Grand Lodge of Ancient
Free Masons of South Carolina, 1947, Compiled and arranged by the authority of t
he Grand Lodge of South Carolina, originally edited by Albert G. Mackey, M.D.
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ed Masons of North Carolina, page 53.
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and Lodge of Nebraska, pages 56-57.
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s 42 and 78.
Florida Masonic Monitor, Grand Lodge F. & A. M. of Florida, 1977, pages 39, 109-
Masonic Manual and Code, Grand Lodge F. & A. M. of Georgia, 1944, pages 22 and 7
The Idaho Monitor, Grand Lodge of A. F. & A. M. of the State of Idaho, 1903, pag
es 11 and 53.
The Official Monitor of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge Ancient Free and Accepte
d Masons, State of Illinois, Grand Lodge of Illinois, 1962, pages 24 and 66.
Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide, Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and A
ccepted Masons of the State of Indiana, 1959, 1975, pages 63-64 and 101-102.
Shaver's Masonic Monitor, William M. Shaver, Past Grand Master of the Most Worsh
ipful Grand Lodge of Kansas, 1899, pages 37 and 103.
The Kentucky Monitor, Henry Pirtle, Past Master, 1946, pages 41 and 145.
Michigan Monitor and Ceremonies, Grand Lodge F. & A. M., Michigan, 1911, pages 1
0 and 39.
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f Minnesota, Grand Lodge of Minnesota, 1964, pages 21 and 5.
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North Carolina, 1979, pages 25 and 65.
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ssued 1940), pages 68 and 90.
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21, (issued 1955), pages 29 and 51.
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90 and 155.
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2 and 95.
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es 94, 122 and 123.
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Publishing and Supply Company.
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and Masonic Supply Co. Inc. was listed as his best known writing.
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72 by Samuel Weiser, Inc., sixth printing 1989.

The Witchcraft Connection
by William J. Schnoebelen
William Schnoebelen was deeply involved in both Witchcraft as a Wiccan high prie
st and the Masonic order for many years. He was a Mason for nine years and a Wit
ch for sixteen years. In the Lodge, he held offices of Junior Warden in the Blue
Lodge, Prelate in the Commandery of the York Rite, Master of the Veil in the Ro
yal Arch degree, and Associate Patron in the Order of the Eastern Star. Addition
ally, he was a 32° Mason and a Shriner. He is now a Born Again Christian and th
e author of 5 books, including
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and i
dolatryâ ¦â 1Samuel 15:23
In understanding the spiritual difficulties of a Born Again Christian being a Ma
son, it is necessary to realize that there are highly occult elements woven into
the very warp and woof of Freemasonry. Thus, the Lodge is not just â another relig
ionâ like the Muslims or the Buddhistsâ although that alone should be enough to keep
Christians from involving themselves in it. The nature and character of the Lodg
eâ s deepest theological underpinnings are rooted in Witchcraft and Paganism.
Now that may be an astonishing assertion to some, especially to most Masons. How
ever, it is very easily proven. Few people, within the Craft of Masonry or other
wise, perceive that just because a Bible lies open on the altar and Bible verses
and characters play an important part in the ritual of the Lodge, that this doe
s not prevent the Lodge from being of the nature of the occult or Witchcraft.
This can be illustrated by a very simple illustration. Back in the 1970â s, when I
first became a Witch, a very popular how-to book on magic was Raymond Bucklandâ s P
OPULAR CANDLE-BURNING.1 In this book were â recipesâ for spells for everything from h
ealing, to love spells, to protection spells. On one set of pages of the book wo
uld be a spell for healing, complete with instructions on the burning and moveme
nt of certain colored candles. The spell would be a full-blown Witchcraft ritual
, Pagan to the core!
On the following pages would be the same ritual, with the same candles, the same
instructions. However, the text of the â spellâ would be drawn from the Psalms or ot
her Bible verses. These were provided for readers who were a little too squeamis
h to actually do a Witchcraft incantation, but still wanted results.
Now the question becomes: Even though those rituals were full of Psalms, were th
ey still Witchcraft? Of course, the answer would have to be yes. In like manner
, even though Bible phrases and characters abound in the Masonic ritual work, th
e presence of those elements cannot somehow â sanctifyâ what is essentially a Pagan r
itual full of Witchcraft overtones.
Perhaps it would be helpful to have a few terms defined before we go further. Wi
tchcraft (or Wicca,2 the term for â whiteâ or good Witchcraft) can be broadly defined
as a mystery religion based on the ancient fertility cults of Pre-Christian Eur
ope. Many Witches are polytheistsâ meaning that they believe in more than one god o
r goddess. Some are monotheists, believing in only one deity. Even most polythei
stic Witches today, however, acknowledge that ultimately there is one supreme de
ity somewhere. The popular saying by 20th century master occultist Dion Fortune
(Violet Firth) speaks to this: â All Gods are one God, all Goddesses are one Goddes
s, and there is but one Initiator.â Pressed, you will find that most knowledgeabl
e Witches will reveal that the â one Initiatorâ is Lucifer, who is the Light-Bringer,
the Illuminator, and the sun-deity. He is not felt to be a devil-figure by Wicc
ans, but only the consort of the Great Mother Goddess.
Witchcraft, in its religious sense, involves the veneration of the forces of rep
roductionâ both in plant, animal and human life. Thus, human and animal sexuality a
re revered, the cycle of the seasons celebrated; and rituals do frequently invol
ve the use of ritual tools which symbolize the human reproductive organs (wands,
daggers, goblets, cauldrons, etc.) Many Witchcraft groups even have ritual sex,
believing that this is an important way to encounter the gods.
The term, â mystery religionâ means that it is a religion in which elements are kept
hidden from the â profaneâ (non-members). You can only learn these elements by going
through a formal initiation in which you are ceremonially set apart from the mas
ses and sworn formally to secrecy. Only then are you entrusted with the groupâ s se
crets, and then in degrees. In other words, there are things a â third gradeâ or â thir
degreeâ Witch is allowed to know that a first degree Witch is not.
A secondary element in Witchcraft is the belief in magic. However, it is ONLY se
condaryâ contrary to popular belief. A goodâ though broadâ definition of magic which man
Witches would accept is that given by magician (and 33° Mason) Aleister Crowle
y: â the art and science of causing change to occur in conformity with [your] will.
â Though this definition is broad enough to include things normally not thought o
f as magic, like picking up a pencil (you caused a change in the pencilâ s position
to occur in conformity with your will); most Witches understand it to mainly ap
ply to causing change to occur without a visible, tangible cause in the environm
Many Witches do not attempt to â work magicâ (in the sense of trying to cause change
to occur in the forces of nature or human beings) but just enjoy worshipping th
eir gods or goddesses. Thus it is not an absolute requirement that Witch practic
e magic, or that a magician be a Witch. In fact, the above-mentioned Aleister Cr
owley would never have called himself a Witch (or warlock).3
Finally, we need to define Paganism. This is basically a belief in the forces of
nature as being sacred. Pagans are usually pantheists, in that they belief that
a kind of god-force is in everythingâ trees, animals, rocks, etc. Essentially, a P
agan believes most everything the Witch believes, but is kind of a lay person, w
hereas a Witch is more of a Priestess or Shaman. The typical Pagan may not have
access to some of the deeper â mysteriesâ of Witchcraft which are not available to t
he un-initiated.
With these definitions in mind, we can begin to examine the similarities between
the Masonic theology and ritual and the workings of a Witchcraft group. One poi
nt, however, must be clarified. Modern Wicca is just thatâ modern. Although it clai
ms mythic descent to groups back in the Stone Age, it is actually a comparativel
y modern religion. As it is currently constituted, Wicca is barely a century old
. This is not to say that it doesnâ t draw on elements from the ancient mystery cul
ts. To be certain, it doesâ to a high degree. However, it is a difficult task to as
certain whether contemporary Wicca so strongly resembles Freemasonry because two
of its principle architects (Aleister Crowley and Gerald B. Gardner) were Mason
s; or whether that similarity is a derivation of more ancient practices.
As interesting an academic point as that might be, it is essentially irrelevant
to the broader question. If Masonic rituals were engrafted into Witchcraft in th
e late 19th and early 20th century, and if that melding was so seamless and effo
rtlessâ even to the point that in some cases, the Wiccan rites were less bizarre an
d blasphemous than there Masonic counterpart, then what message does that send a
bout Masonry? As a preacher friend of mine, Jim Spencer, observed, â If the devil c
an preach my sermons without changing them much, what does that say about my ser
With that point in mind, let us look first at the ritual similarities between co
ntemporary Wicca and Freemasonry:
A) Both are built on a foundational system of three degrees; with a few forms of
Wicca offering some higher degrees after the third degree has been achieved.
B) Both are secret societies; in that both membership rolls are secret, and secr
ets are kept from the general populace (to a greater or lesser degree) by both r
eligions. Both generally meet in secret, except for rare open and public events.
C) Both have highly ceremonial initiations to pass from one degree to another, i
ncluding sworn oaths.
D) Both have ceremonial purgings and purifications of their ritual space before
commencing any ritual work.
E) The precise similarities between the two groups are: Both groupsâ ¦
1. Cause candidates to strip off all secular clothing
2. Cause the candidate to be divested of all metal
3. Hoodwink (blindfold) the candidate and ceremonially tie ropes around himâ though
the form of the tying varies.
4. Cause the candidate to stand in the Northeast corner of the â templeâ 4 in the firs
t degree
5. Challenge the candidate by piercing their naked chest with a sharp instrument
(Witches use a sword, Masons, the point of a compass)
6. Challenge the candidate with secret passwords
7. Lead the candidate blindfolded in a circumambulation (walking around) of the
8. Require the candidate to swear solemn oaths of secrecy before being given cus
tody of the secrets of the group.
Interestingly enough, the oaths of a Witch are much milder and less gruesome tha
n the oaths of a Freemason. Here is the text of a first grade oath from the Witc
hcraft Book of Shadows (ritual work-book):
I, [NAME], in the presence of the Mighty Ones, do of my own free will and accord
, most solemnly swear that I will ever keep the secrets of the Arte [Magical Art
sâ author] and never reveal the secrets of the Arte, except it be to a proper pers
on, properly prepared and within a magic circle such as I am now in.
All this I swear, by all my hopes of a future life, mindful that my measure has
been taken; and may my weapons turn against me, if I should break this, my solem
n oath.5
This sounds ridiculously mild in comparison to the 1° oath of an Entered Appren
tice Mason, which is too long to quote in its entirety, but which ends like this
All this I most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, with a firm and steadf
ast resolution to keep and perform the sameâ ¦binding myself under no less penalty
than that of having my throat cut across, my tongue torn out by its roots, and
my body buried in the rough sands of the sea, at low water mark, where the tide
ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours, should I ever knowingly violate this
my Entered Apprentice obligation, so help me God and keep me steadfast in the du
e performance of the same.6
As all students of Freemasonry know, that grisly oath is but the beginning in a
series of ever more horrid oaths which the candidate is required to take. The o
aths of the three degrees of Witchcraft are like a Sunday School lesson by compa
rison! But, let's return to our list of similarities:
9. Both have a ceremonial un-hoodwinking of the candidate, following the oath, b
efore lighted candles which is intended to bring â illumination.â
10. Both convey to the new initiate the â working toolsâ pertinent to that degree, an
d each of their uses are taught to them.
11. In both, the tools have correspondences both in the ceremonial realm, and in
similarities to human reproduction.
12. Both, in the higher degrees, take the initiate through a ritual death-and-re
birth experience, in which the initiate acts the part of a hero (heroine) of the
13. Both cause the candidate to endure (while being blindfolded) being picked up
, spun around, carried around, being jostled or struck from person to person. Th
is is supposed to produce an â altered state of consciousness.â
14. Both Wicca and Freemasonry are, by co-incidence or design, both referred to
as â The Craft.â
Having given almost two dozen precise similarities between the ritual work of W
itchcraft and the Lodge, it should not surprise us to see that there is also som
e doctrinal or philosophical resemblance between the two:
A. Both Witches and Masons revere the powers of human reproduction (albeit most
Masons do so unknowingly). The most obvious example of this is the use of the ce
remonial Masonic apron, which covers the â Holy of Holiesâ of Freemasonry, the male g
roin area. This fact has been adequately documented in many places (elsewhere in
this volume?).7
B. The authorities of Freemasonry, most notably Albert Pike, 33° and Manly P. H
all, 33° (both occultists par excellance) write that the essential, underlying
philosophy of Freemasonry is Kabbalism and Gnosticism.8 Kabbalism is a system of
Jewish mysticism and magic and is THE FOUNDATIONAL ELEMENT in modern Witchcraft
Virtually all of the great Witches and sorcerers of this century were Kabbalists
. Gnosticism is an ancient, anti-Christian heresy best summarized by the stateme
nt: â One is saved by acquiring secret, unknown knowledge (Greek: gnosis).â Thus, all
mystery religions, including Witchcraft and Masonry are, per force, Gnostic in
C. Both Witches and Freemasons seek salvation through â illuminationâ or receiving â Th
Light.â This is, in a way, a corollary to (B), but it is important, because of th
e centrality of this symbolism in both sects.
D. Both groups teach a kind of salvation by works, not grace.9 The occult doctri
ne of reincarnation is explicitly taught in Witchcraft and implicitly taught in
the Lodge.
E. Finally, both groups deny the unique character and mission of the Lord Jesus
Christ.10 Both deny the resurrection of Christ.11 Most people would have no trou
ble believing that Witches deny these beliefs, but in this, the Wicca are identi
cal to the theology of the Lodge.
There are also significant historical antecedents which go a long way towards ex
plaining this current â cozinessâ between Witchcraft and Masonry. It can be readily s
hown that Freemasonry is rooted in the medieval occult societies of Europe, such
as the Templars and the Rosicrucians.12
Indeed, many Masonic writers boast about these connections. Additional associati
ons pop up with the dangerously subversive Illuminati Ordnen of Adam Weishaupt
in the 18th century.13
It is vital to understand that this past interchange between Masonry and these v
arious occult groups did not stop in the 18th century. If anything, it has grow
n more prominent in the past century. There is something about the Lodge that h
as always attracted sorcerers. The historical list of occultists and Witches in
the last century who were Freemasons reads like a Whoâ s Who of 20th century occul
â ¢Arthur Edward Waiteâ occult writer and Masonic historian
â ¢Dr. Wynn Westcottâ member of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia and founding mem
ber of the occult Order of the Golden Dawnâ the most influential magical society of
the 19th - early 20th century.
â ¢S. L. MacGregor Mathersâ co-founder of the Golden Dawn.
â ¢Aleister Crowleyâ master Satanist of this century and founder of the anti-christ r
eligion of Thelemaâ claimed to be â The Great Beast 666â .
â ¢Dr. Gerard Encausséâ (Papus) masterful author, teacher of the Tarot and leader of
the occult Martiniste society.
â ¢Dr. Theodore Reussâ head of the O.T.O., a German occult/satanic society which made
Crowley its head for the British Isles.
â ¢George Pickingillâ the Grand Master Witch of 19th century England, leader of the â Pi
ckingill covens.â
â ¢Annie Besantâ leader of the occult Theosophical society and Co-Masonic hierarch (Y
es, there are female Masons!)14
â ¢Alice Baileyâ founder of the proto-New Age organization, Lucis (formerly Lucifer)
â ¢Bishop Charles W. Leadbetterâ Theosophist, mentor to the failed New Age â Christâ , K
hnamurti, and prelate in the occult Liberal Catholic Church
â ¢Manly P. Hallâ Rosicrucian adept, author, founder of the Philosophical Research So
â ¢Gerald B. Gardnerâ founder of the modern Wiccan (white Witchcraft) revival.
â ¢Alex Sandersâ self-styled â King of the Witchesâ in London and one of the most influ
ial leaders of Wicca after Gardner.
Would you really wish to belong to an organization which welcomed these powerful
sorcerers into its midst with open arms? This is not to mention the many minor
occultists (as I was), who are in the lodgeâ drawn by its mysterious power. At le
ast three or four of my male Witch friends were in the Masons, and all of my lea
ders were! There is a real reason for this strong affinity between Masonry and
Witchcraft. It is because the Lodge is plugged into an international network o
f Witchcraftâ a hierarchy of evil.
The â All-Seeing Eyeâ of the Masons is, of course, an occult symbol.15 Its use on th
e Great Seal of the United States is not without significance either (see the ba
ck of any dollar bill). You will note that the â Eyeâ is there perched atop an incom
plete pyramid with the date (in Roman numerals) of 1776 A.D. at the bottom.
The year 1776 is also the year that Adam Weishaupt founded the Illuminati! Then
realize that the trapezoid (what the unfinished pyramid really is) is a most si
gnificant symbol in Satanism.16 The symbol on that seal is actually a metaphor
for the oppressive hierarchy which reigns over the Masonic lodge, and by extensi
on, over much of U.S. government; and the â Eyeâ symbolizes Luciferâ s dominion over it
Being a Mason (of whatever degree) is like going through your life with all that
spiritual garbage weighing down on you. It is like having a King Kong-sized mo
nkey on your back! While all levels of Masonry have their share of Witches; the
Palladium, the Illuminati, the Ancient rites and the Supreme Council are especi
ally likely to have them, in one form or another.
The Mason is â unequally yokedâ together with all these unbelievers and Witches in re
bellion to the word of God (2 Corinthians 6:14-18) and that alone is enough to k
nock the spiritual stuffing out of any man, even supposedly â good, solid Christian
sâ !
You see, in an occult sense, Freemasonry is much like the fabled â pyramid scheme.â
It is a hierarchy in which the highest levels leech off the lower levels. Just
as in the marketing schemes, the person at the top of the pyramid draws in most
of the revenues because of the efforts of hundreds or thousands of people under
him, so the same element works within the lodge, even as it doesâ to a much smaller
degreeâ in a Witchcraft coven!
First of all, it is a financial pyramid. We have already mentioned that a Mason
must spend hundreds of dollars, perhaps close to a thousand, to go through the
degrees. Additionally, they must pay dues every year to each and every body the
y have joined. This could amount, depending on the level of involvement, to sev
eral hundred dollars a year.
While some of that money goes into necessities, and some of it goes into charity
, some of it also ends up in places of which Lodge members have no knowledge. O
f course, our local leaders were obviously not getting rich, but there was a lot
of free-floating cash somewhere up in the ranks.
In the occult, we used to talk about psychic vampiresâ people who just seemed to su
ck the life out of a person. Of course, black magicians excel in this. They le
ave people feeling drained. What most people donâ t realize is that an organizatio
n can function in much the same way.
The Lodge functions like a spiritual sponge in many ways. Think of all the mill
ions of man hours Masons put into their lodge work: memorizing the degree materi
al, attendance at meetings, extracurricular lodge activities (dinners, banquets,
funerals, picnics). Those Masons who are Christians pour hours of time and ene
rgy into the lodge, and it just laps it up and begs for more.
I know, I used to be heavily involved in lodge work. I was out of the house at
least two week nights! Then, because I was a lodge officer, I had to spend addi
tional hours working on memorizing the ritual work. I had to be there before th
e lodge opened and after it closed. I had to attend all lodge functions and fun
Think of the lodge meeting itselfâ it is opened in solemn fashion, with a ritual wh
ich may take fifteen to twenty minutes. If there is an initiation, the meeting
can run to hours, sometimes three or four hours for third degree. All that ener
gy is going somewhere, friends, and it isnâ t to God!
I can only speak from Witchcraft experience, but quite often our leaders would j
ust suck the energy right out of us. They were accomplished psychic vampires, w
hether they realized it or not. Someone, somewhere, is getting an awful lot of
energy out of these thousands of lodge meetings. Ultimately, of course, it is L
ucifer, who is delighted to receive it as worship!
This is energy not being expended in Godly church activities. These men could b
e teaching Bible studies, running youth groups, visiting the sick or doing neigh
borhood witnessing. But no, they are sitting in a lodge room watching ancient a
nd dusty mummery being performed while the light of the Holy Spirit within them
flickers out.
Over and over, we see vital Christians who join the lodge, donâ t see the trap, and
then gradually it sucks all the life out of their walk with Jesus. It banks th
eir fires of zeal and turns them, ultimately, into dead backsliders. Some stop
going to church. Now this may not happen to all Christian Masons, but if it has
nâ t, it is only because of Godâ s mercy. The Holy Spirit will not continue to bless
a man who continually sups at the devilâ s table. (1 Corinthians 10:21, Genesis 6:3
) Sooner or later, something will give. Sadly, it is often the church activity
The Masonic temple is a temple of Witchcraft! There can be little doubt about th
at. Veiled within its symbols are the deities and even the working tools of Wit
chcraft! As has been shown, the square and compasses are representations of the
generative organsâ the â sacred altarâ of Witchcraft! The blazing star at the center o
the lodge is the Witchâ s pentagram, symbol of the god of Satanism, Set! The Lett
er â Gâ stands for generativity, sexual potency.
The resemblances between Freemasonry and Witchcraft are manifold and striking an
d should chill the bones of any Mason. If Freemasonry is so Godly, how could it
possibly be interchanged by both Witches and Satanists so freely?
Beyond that, the point needs to be made that virtually all of the above mentione
d resemblances are part of the ancient practices of pagan antiquity as well. Wi
tches 2,000 years ago were doing the same things that Masons are doing today. M
asonic writers boast of this (although they donâ t use the word â Witch,â they talk abo
t â mystery religions,â but it is the same thing).
Letâ s face it, the Masonic tie tacks and rings which so many Masons wear proudly t
o their churches on Sunday are sexual idols. THE TRUE GOD OF THE BIBLE IS NOT A
SEX ORGAN! That may seem a ridiculously obvious statement to make, but the Mas
on needs to be reminded of it. This is the very â image of jealousy, which provoke
th to jealousyâ (Ezekiel 8:3).
The gods of all the pagan nations around Israel like Baâ al were all sexual idols!
This is precisely what God does not want in His church, and yet all these Maso
ns are flaunting both their idols and their membership.
It is a testimony to the graciousness and loving-kindness of Father God that the
se churches are not flattened by the breath of His nostrilsâ that they are not â vomit
ed outâ of His mouth (Revelation 3:16). However, both they and their individual m
embers may well be paying a horrible price for their continued winking at the si
n of Freemasonry in their camp!
1 Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN. 1972.
2 For a complete examination of this religion from a Christian perspective, see
WICCA: SATANâ S LITTLE WHITE LIE, by the author, Chick Publications, Chino, CA. 199
3 Contrary to popular belief, most male witches do not wish to be called warlock
s. The term actually is a derivation of an old English word, meaning â traitor.â Toda
y, the word warlock is mostly used by male Satanist witches in application to th
emselves. Few Wiccans would wish to use the term.
4 In Witchcraft, the â templeâ is frequently not a building, but rather a sacred â Magi
Circleâ laid down on the floor of a room with great ceremony. It is the sacred sp
ace of the Wicca, and serves the same function as a temple does to the Mason.
5 Taken from a private copy of the Book of Shadows in the authorâ s possession. Cop
ies of this oath, however, can be found in Stewart Farrarâ s WHAT WITCHES DO, THE G
RIMOIRE OF LADY SHEBA, and June Johnsâ KING OF THE WITCHES, as well as other writi
6 Malcolm C. Duncan, DUNCANâ S RITUAL MONITOR, David McKay Co., Inc., New York, n.d
., p.34-35.
7 Schnoebelen, MASONRY: BEYOND THE LIGHT, Chick, Chino, CA. 1991, p.146, 155-160
, 214-215.
8 See Albert Pike, MORALS AND DOGMA, p.839, 22, 744-45, etc.; Manly P. Hall, THE
9 Duncan, op. cit., p.129, and TENNESSEE CRAFTSMEN OR MASONIC TEXTBOOK, Grand Lo
dge of Tennessee, 1983, p. 17.
10 R. S. Clymer, THE MYSTICISM OF MASONRY, 1900, p. 47; J.D. Buck, SYMBOLISM OR
MYSTIC MASONRY, 1925, p. 57.
11 Pike, p.539, and Henry C. Clausen, PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE FOR THE SCOTTISH RI
TE, Supreme Council, 33°, Washington, DC, 1981, pp. 75-77.
12 Schnoebelen, MASONRY, pp.161-178.
13 ibid., p.179-190.
14 The author and his wife were members of a Co-Masonic Lodge. These are more op
enly occult and are under the rite of Lâ Droit Humaine (Human Rights Lodge). They a
dmit men and women as equals. Co-Masonry is affiliated with the Theosophical Soc
iety and today finds its headquarters in Larkspur, CO.
15 William Schnoebelen & James R. Spencer, WHITED SEPULCHERS, Triple J Publicati
ons, Boise, ID, 1990, p.20
16 ibid., p. 44-50, citing material found in master Satanist Anton LaVeyâ s newslet
ter, â The Cloven Hoofâ , vol. VIII, #6.

Masonic Roots:
Christ, Solomon, or Baal?
Keith Harris
P.O. BOX 210
Marion, KY 42064
You have read in other chapters that Freemasonry is a non-sectarian Order embr
acing principles of all religions. Such boasts of universality is a most predomi
nant portion of Masonic belief. Even with varied religious principles, the Order
must have a beginning or â rootsâ from which it draws.
This chapter is devoted to the â rootsâ of Freemasonry. Not those of flesh and blood
lineage, but the source from which its philosophy is drawn, in particular, the â Th
ird Degree Ritualâ and its true reverence.
As to the origin of the Craft, Masons themselves disagree. This lack of unity ma
y stem from personal resentment of evidence or a variety of other reasons. Thus,
only those sources deemed reliable must again be our reference. *Also see â Spurio
us Freemasonryâ â appendix.
Found in the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FREEMASONRY (Mackey-McClenachan) under the heading
â Christianization of Freemasonryâ are the first traces of Masonic reverence:
â The principles of Freemasonry preceded the advent of Christianity. Its symbols an
d its legends are derived from the Solomonic Temple and from the people anterior
to that. Its religion comes from the ancient priesthood; its faith was that pri
mitive one of Noah and his immediate descendants.â
We see then that the symbols and legends derive from the Solomonic Temple. This
aspect refers us to the legend of the Third Degree Ritual which revolves around
King Solomon and Hiram, the widows son.
We see also that these symbols and legends derive from peoples anterior or prior
to the Solomonic period. This gives reference to Egypt and their god Osiris, of
which Masonic authorities state and one to which we shall later refer.
Freemasonryâ s faith or beliefs are said to have come from Noah and his immediate d
escendants. We shall examine all the afore mentioned aspects in chronological or
der beginning with Noah.
After the flood spoken of in Genesis, we find that only eight persons survived t
hat great and awful event. Eight alone to replenish the human race, Noah and his
wife, their three sons and their wives. From these came the nations of men.
"These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their n
ations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood." (Ge
nesis 10:32)
It is evident that all philosophical beliefs and principles also sprang from, or
through these persons. In Genesis, Chapter Ten, we find listed the descendants
Noahâ s three sons, Japheth, Ham, and Shem.
In Genesis 11:10-27 we have record of lineage from Shem to Abram (Abraham). Mat
thew, Chapter One and Luke, Chapter Three of the New Testament complete the lin
eage through Abraham to Christ Jesus, revealing the Shemites or Semitic lineage
(that of flesh and blood) as that one designated by God as His â chosen peopleâ throu
gh which Jesus would later come. Hence the roots and instructional reference of
the Christian faith.
As Christianity permeates every culture and race, flesh and blood lineage is imp
ertinent because Christ accepts whosoever to become a partaker of his righteousn
ess. By this spiritual embodimentâ known as the â Churchâ (Born Again Believers)â we b
of the spiritual house of Abraham (Galations 3:26-29).
It would be interesting were Freemasonry to have itâ s philosophical roots through
the principles of the Shemite lineage. However, when compared to Christianity, t
heir origin is different and their histories are dissimilar.
The only substantial evidence given of Noah in Masonry appears in the term â Noahch
idaâ derived from the â legend of the Craftâ which reflects that Noah was â the fathe
founder of the Masonic system of theologyâ Masonic reference to Noah however, is
heavily fantasized and purely symbolic in nature, as the following demonstrates
â Such are the Noachic traditions of Masonry, which, though if considered as materi
als of history, would be worth but little, yet have furnished valuable sources o
f symbolism, and in that way are full of wise instruction.â (ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FREEMA
SONRY, Noahchida: alphabetically listed).
Found in the same Encyclopedia, under the same heading:
â After the death of Noah, his sons removed from the region of Mount Ararat, where,
until then, they had resided, and â traveling from the East, found a plain in the
land of Shinar, and dwelt there.â Here they commenced the building of a lofty towe
r.â (ibid.)
In the Biblical account, Shinar is the name of the land in which were located th
e cities of Babylon, Erech, Accad, and the root â balalâ (â to confoundâ â Hebrew), a
ference to the confusion of languages at this lofty tower mentioned above. (Gene
sis 11:9).
Masonic writings give little insight to the Shemites or Japhethites, but dwell
heavily on a descendant of Ham as one of the founders of Masonryâ Nimrod. In the
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FREEMASONRY (Mackey-McClenachan), under the heading â Nimrod,â we fin
â The legend of the Craft in the Old Constitutions refers to Nimrod as one of the f
ounders of Masonry. Thus in the York MS., No. 1, we read: â At ye making of ye tour
e of Babell there was a Masonrie first much esteemed of, and the King of Babilon
yt called Nimrod was a Mason himself and loved well Masonsâ .â
Nimrod was the most outstanding leader in the period between the flood and Abrah
am, a very enterprising man. His wide-spread popularity is noted in the cities n
amed in connection to him, Birs Nimrud, Tell Nimrud near Bagdad; the Mound of Ni
mrud (ancient Calah). Being a â mighty hunterâ not only revealed his military might,
but also his protectiveness in a time when wild animals were a continual menace.
He was also the first to built fenced or fortified cities. (From Halleyâ s Bible H
Not only did Nimrod â love well Masons,â they too esteem him of great personage for h
is work in Masonry. Many Masons who profess Christianity refer to Genesis 10:9 t
o substantiate his greatness and virtue in the phrase â mighty hunter before the Lo
rd.â However, a minute study of this thought and phrase will reveal his virtue to
be quite the opposite than what is commonly accepted.
The word â mightyâ (gibbowr, Hebrew) meansâ â warrior, tyrantâ . A tyrant is one who
power in a harsh, cruel manner. Nimrod is also known in history as a hunter of
men. The latter part of the phrase â before the Lordâ stems around the word â beforeâ
h comes from the Hebrew word â paniymâ meaningâ â the face (as the part that turns)â
flects to us that Nimrod was a tyrant who turned his face from the Lord. This is
why the Hebrew people referred to him as â the rebelâ or â rebellious oneâ .
Many cities and nations had for their chief god their founder; such was the case
with Nimrod. To make this â godâ more real and honorable, images were made to repres
ent him; later the images themselves came to be worshipped. This was also true o
f certain constellations being attributed to him after his death. Thus, the chie
f god of Babylon, and Ninevah, Nimrod, had images referring to him. These images
glorified his attributes as protector, leader, god of war, knowledge, etc.
It was during the building of the tower of Babel, also attributed to Nimrod, tha
t god confused the languages of the people and the building was stopped. The bib
le states that the whole world was of one speech (language) prior to this event
(Genesis 11). At the â confusion of languagesâ people could no longer speak the name
of their god. Thus, Nimrod, their chief god, was now known by multiple names due
to multiple languages.
As Nimrod had so many things attributed to him, it was only reasonable for peop
les, now in segregation, to adopt the portion of belief best interpreted by each
group. Thus, diverse religious attributes and beliefs, yet peoples remaining re
verent to their god. We find such names for this revered god (Nimrod) in scriptu
re as Chemosh, Molock, Merodach, Remphan, Tamuz, and Baal, to mention only a few
of the some thirty-eight Biblical titles plus numerous representatives of these
â godsâ . Under the heading of â Nimrodâ found in Halleyâ s Bible Handbook, pg. 82:
â Babylonia was long known as the â Land of Nimrodâ . He was afterward deified, his name
being identical with â Merodachâ .â
Under the heading of â Merodachâ , in Tyndales New Bible Dictionary we find:
â Merodach. The Heb. form of the Babylonian divine name Marduk. . . . Marduk was t
he primary deity of Babylon and was later called by his epithet Bel (Baâ al), so th
at his defeat was synonymous with that of his people (Jer. 50:2) as was that of
the earlier Canaanite Baâ al.â
Baal worship was a form of the Old Sun Worship, for Baal (Nimrod as we have seen
) was represented by the Sun. Many names throughout Biblical and classical histo
ry appear and refer to Nimrod. These formed what is referred to as the Ancient M
What of Egypt?
Albert Pike, in his book MORALS & DOGMA, pg. 624 ,refers to the Ancient Myster
ies and Freemasonry as being identical, with exceptions found only in that of pr
ogressive alterations. As all ancient mysteries independently examined would be
a timely and spacious task, it is only necessary to expound on the mystery relig
ion which Masonry itself deems true. Thus:
â Egypt has always been considered as the birthplace of the mysteries. It was there
that the ceremonies of initiation were first established. It was there that tru
th was first veiled in allegory, and the dogmas of religion were first imparted
under symbolic forms.â (ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FREEMASONRY, heading â Egyptian Mysteriesâ ):
We have found that Masonic symbols and legends derive from peoples anterior to t
he Solomonic Temple (beginning of chapter). Is Egypt then a major source of such
? Yes.
â To Egypt, therefore, Masons have always looked with peculiar interest as the crad
le of that mysterious science of symbolism whose peculiar modes of teaching they
alone, of all modern institutions, have preserved to the present day.â (ENCYCLOPE
DIA OF FREEMASONRYâ â Egyptian Mysteriesâ )
We have found also that the Masonic â religionâ comes from the ancient priesthood (be
ginning of chapter). One might think this refers to the Levitical Priesthood of
the Bible, however, the priesthood of Egypt is their reference:
â The priesthood of Egypt constituted a sacred caste, in whom the sacredotal functi
ons were hereditary.â (ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FREEMASONRYâ â Egyptian Mysteriesâ )
The Connection:
Although varied countries had many gods, only certain gods (or exalted positions
) were represented by the sun and Moon. Found in Albert Pikeâ s Morals & Dogma pg.
â We know that the Egyptians worshipped the Sun, under the name of Osiris.â
Mr. Pike connects Baal Worship and Osiris as identical:
â The Goths had three festivals; the most magnificent do so of which commenced at t
he winter solstice, and was celebrated in honor of Thor, the Prince of the Power
of the Airâ .
â Thor was the Sun, the Egyptian Osiris and Kneph, the Phoenician Bel or Baal. The
initiations were had in huge intricate caverns, terminating, as all the Mithriac
caverns did, in a spacious vault, where the candidate was brought to light.â (not
e: â brought to lightâ ) (emphasis added) (Morals & Dogma, page 368). .
The Legend of Osiris, the Egyptian god, is significant to Masonry due to the rit
ual of the â Third Degreeâ as well as other teachings which are deep-rooted in Egypti
an legend. This legend and the legend of Hiram Abiff, a ritual familiar to all T
hird Degree Masons, have similarities which cannot be overlooked when compared:
Osiris Legend
Osiris was the chief god of Egypt, the son and husband of Isis. Osiris is said t
o have been killed by his jealous brother Typhon by trickery. Osiris was nailed
in a chest and cast into the Nile. Later, his dead body was cast up at Byblos in
Phoenicia and left at the foot of a Tamarind tree. Isis retrieved his body only
to lose it again to the jealous brother who then cut him into fourteen pieces w
hich he scattered around the kingdom. Isis again went in search of Osiris and fo
und all the body parts except the phallus which had been eaten by a crab in the
Nile. Isis then made a Phallus which was to be sacred (origin of the Obelisk).
She embalmed him thus claiming restoration and gave rise to the concept that the
immortality of the soul was dependent on the preservation of the body. Osiris w
as afterward known as the Lord of the Underworld. He was also god of the Sun and
god of fertility, worshipped in orgiastic sex rituals.
Third Degree Masonic Ritual
As Masonry has preserved the Egyptian science of symbolism, it is apparent that
an observation or ritual exists projecting from Egypt. Thus, the ritual of the T
hird Degree or Master Mason Degree. This ritual is centered around the suppositi
on of King Solomon and Hiram.
As the story goes, Hiram of Tyre and a widows son, was working on Solomonâ s Temple
when approached by three ruffians desiring the Masterâ s Word. The time was high t
welve and all other workers were out for refreshment. As Hiram refused on three
occasions or confrontations to give the word, he was killed after a blow to the
forehead with a setting maul by the third ruffian. Hiram was then buried in the
temple until low twelve, or midnight, at which time the ruffians return to take
his body (westerly) to again bury him. King Solomon, the following day, found hi
m missing and the craft in confusion, required the cause.
The workmen had already searched for Hiram but without success. thus, King Solom
on again sent out a search. After several days of searching and upon return, the
party stopped to rest and refresh themselves. By accident they discover the new
ly made grave of Hiram beneath an acacia tree. At this time they hear lamenting
at a nearby cleft, the self impending penalties (same as oath penalties) of Jube
la, Jubelo, and Jubelum, the ruffians. Thus the search was over and the murderer
s caught.
The candidate for Third Degree Initiation, after preliminary ritual, is found ly
ing on the floor representing the death of Hiram. The Junior Warden takes hold o
f the candidates right hand and attempts to â raiseâ him from death but without succe
ss. His hand slips from the candidates hand symbolizing the slipping off of the
skin and an insufficient grip.
The Senior Warden then makes an attempt but fails, do symbolically to the flesh
cleaving from the bone. Again an insufficient grip.
The Worshipful Master, symbolizing King Solomon, successfully raises the candida
te using the â Strong Gripâ or â Lionâ s Paw Gripâ . The candidate is thus raised on
points of fellowshipâ foot to foot, knee to knee, breast to breast, hand to back, c
heek to cheek. In this position the Master gives the Grand Masonic Wordâ â Mah-Hah-Bon
eâ .
This raising of the candidate is to symbolize the resurrection, which is the obj
ect of the degree. (note: â Mah-Hah-Boneâ â Hebrew renditionâ â What! the builder?â )
This ritual, has of course, a Masonic/Christian interpretation, which according
to Albert Pike goes as follows:

â The murder of Hiram, his burial, and his being raised again by the Master, are sy
mbols, both of the Redeemer; and of the death and burial in sins of the natural
man, and his being raised again to a new life, or born again, by the direct acti
on of the Redeemer;â (MORALS & DOGMA pg. 640)
We must note that the above ritual is only symbolic as is stated here, that is,
not the actual thing. We must remember also that the Blue Degrees (First Three)
are intentionally misled by false interpretation. Thus, this ritual does not act
ually refer to Hiram, especially when compared to the Biblical account.
Masonry claims that Hiram died â during the workâ , yet the Bible tells us that Hiram
(Huram) â finished the workâ and mentions nothing of his death and miraculous recover
y at the hand of Solomon. We also find that this was Godâ s house, not Solomonâ s:
"And Huram finished the work that he was to make for king Solomon for the house
of God." .(.II Chronicles 4:11)
As the legends of Osiris and Hiram are compared we see both died at the hand of
a brother. They were twice searched for. Both were found at the foot of a tree.
Both had a loss: Osiris has a missing body part; The Masterâ s Word is lost.
The following information tells us that the Third Degree Ritual is not actually
that of Hiram nor Christ, but the epic of Osiris. Thus, in the Third Degree of M
asonry the initiate is actually entering into the death, burial, and resurrectio
n of Osiris. Speaking of the Degree of â Knight of the Brazen Serpent; Pike elabora
tes for us:
â While it teaches the necessity of reformation as well as repentance, as a means o
f obtaining mercy and forgiveness, it is also devoted to an explanation of the s
ymbols of Masonry; and especially to those which are connected with that ancient
and universal legend, of which that of Khir-Om Abi is but a variation; that leg
end which, representing a murder or a death, and a restoration to life, by a dra
ma which figure Osiris, Isis and Horus, . . . and many another representative of
active and passive powers of Nature, taught the Initiates in the Mysteries that
the rule of Evil and Darkness is but temporary, and that of Light and Good will
be eternal.â (note: â Khir-Om Abiâ â â Hiram Abiffâ ) (MORALS AND DOGMA, pg. 435)

The â raisedâ candidate is stated as being raised into a philosophy of regeneration,

or the new birth of all things. In effect, he is becoming born again through the
power of Masonry.
This reverence, as that of Egypt, reveals the worship or exaltation of the thing
s of nature. Albert Pike, on pages 476 & 477 of MORALS AND DOGMA, says this of n
ature and Osiris: â Everything good in Nature comes from Osirisâ . This typifies not
only life out of death, but the regeneration of the things of nature or â generativ
e powerâ (sexual reproductive power).
In addition, â Osiris and Isis were the sun and Moon, is attested by many ancient w
ritersâ (MORALS AND DOGMA, page 476), which, as we have seen is reference to Baal
or Nimrod, one of the founders of Masonry. Thus Osiris, Nimrod, Baal, Merodach,
etc. are synonymous, that is, one and the same.
This Masonic reverence to the Sun is familiar to all Masons, even if unknowingly
, in the symbol of the All-Seeing Eye:
â The Sun was termed by the Greeks the Eye of Jupiter, and the Eye of the World; an
d his is the All-Seeing Eye in our Lodges.â (note: â hisâ â Osiris, ) ( MORALS AND DOG
gs. 476, 477)
Speaking of those of Thebes, an ancient city in Upper Egypt, Pike mentions:
â Soon they personified the sun, and worshipped him under the name of Osiris, and t
ransmuted the legend of his descent among the Winter Signs, into a fable of his
death, his descent into the infernal regions, and his resurrection.â ((((NEEDS PA
GE #))))))
It is noteworthy to mention, that the Officers at the opening of lodge ceremonie
sâ Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior Wardensâ are seated in stations in the East, S
outh, and West. In religious symbolism of Freemasonry, they represent the Sun at
â hisâ rising, â hisâ meridian, and â hisâ setting (â hisâ â their words).
Many Masons today are duped into the same worship of Baal as of old. The All-See
ing Eye they are told, represents God, as does the letter â Gâ . The name â Godâ howev
s mistaken in quite the same way as the name â Baalâ in the Old Testament. The name â B
alâ carried the meaningâ â lore, possessorâ â which, by name, was very easily mistake
God of Abraham who is also called â Lordâ . The manner in which each was worshipped h
owever, was quite different and obvious when compared. Such is the Masonic/Chris
tian Conflict!
With all the different names for Nimrod, yet many similarities in cultural attri
butes, philosophers, in later years began to congregate those things common in b
elief to again philosophically regain the once admired religion (possibly withou
t being aware of such). It was only natural for elite philosophers to recognize
the most elaborate and dogmatic of these peoples from which to draw their assump
tions. Egypt was that main source, especially for Freemasonry, for Freemasonry i
s a mystical, Speculative search.
â The history of Masonry is the history of Philosophy.â (MORALS AND DOGMA, pg. 540)
The roots of Freemasonry lie in Egyptian Legend with reverence to Osiris or Baal
(Nimrod), thus becoming Baal Worship. Not Baal worship fictitiously stated, bu
t actual Baal Worship through ritual and appellation.
Its faith is indeed that primitive one of Noah and his immediate descendants, pa
rticularly Nimrod, who was deified under the name Merodach, Baal, Osiris, etc. T
he Solomonic Legend was conjured in order for Christians to appear adaptable, fo
r Solomon never raised anyone from death to life. The only possibility of this w
as through symbolism when Solomon did â evil in the sight of the Lordâ :
"Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, in th
e hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children
of Ammon. And like wise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense a
nd sacrificed unto their gods. " (I Kings 11:7-8)
The tribes of Israel were often seduced into the worship of Nimrod (Baal, Osiris
), not only because of the confusing name â Baalâ , but due largely to their Egyptian
bondage. As a nation, Israel is said to have had its birth at the Exodus from Eg
ypt. During the Egyptian bondage they multiplied in number under the influence o
f Egyptian custom and worship.
After the Exodus from Egypt, the gaiety and licentious character of the Egyptian
god was soon revealed at the absence of their leader Moses. Moses had gone up M
t. Sinai where he received the Ten Commandments from the Lord. Upon his return h
e found the Israelites worshipping an Egyptian Image, a symbol of Osiris and gen
erative power, a golden calf.
In Smithâ s Bible Dictionary under the heading â Calfâ :
â Image for worship made at Sinai in imitation of the Apis of Egypt, from the jewel
ry borrowed of the Egyptians (Ex. xxxii. 2). Not of solid gold, but of wood, gil
ded and plated with gold (as the emblem of Osiris-Apisâ was made).
The Israelites were to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, not the â gods
â of surrounding peoples. They were warned of such:
"Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works
: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images." (Ex
odus 12:12)
Moses undoubtedly recognized the symbolâ for he was reared by Pharaoh's daughter an
d â was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptiansâ (Acts 7:22). In an outburst of a
nger Moses broke the tables of stone containing the Ten Commandments. This Israe
lite Idolatry brought about the death of around three thousand people. In additi
on, â the Lord plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.â (Ex
odus 32).
The calf was always a bull, with horns, representing sexual strength, or generat
ive power. Paganism is always sexual in its outworkings and ultimately, Phallus
Time and again Israel was seduced into such worship (Deuteronomy 13:6, 7). Many
representatives, in one fashion or another, were those of the false god Baal (Ni
mrod, Osiris). Canaanite gods, Assyrian gods, the gods of the Ammorites and Moab
ites, to mention only a few strange gods were worshipped.
In Ungerâ s Bible Dictionary, speaking of â Idolatryâ among the Ten Tribes of Israel, w
â Jeroboam, fresh from his recollections of the Apis worship of Egypt, erected gold
en calves at Beth-el and Dan, and by this crafty state policy severed effectivel
y the kingdoms of Judah and Israel (I Kings 12:26-33).â note: â Apisâ , the Bull, was a
so a symbol of the strength of Nimrod. end of note."
Christian Concern
With all the fallacies throughout our land and country, there is none which can
effectively topple Christianity. Only when such outside influence is allowed to
filter into Christian congregations through church membership, commissions, and
leadership positions, is the Church world affected. Freemasonry is not an outsid
e influence. It is an inside influence!
As Jeroboam effectively severed Judah and Israel, Freemasonry is slowly severing
Christian witness. The Holy Spirit has vacated so many of our congregations and
for just cause. Baal Worship is still at large! Satan is once again using the o
ldest strategy in the worldâ Conquer the enemy from within to best conquer him from
without. Joshua says:
"Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put a
way the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Eg
ypt; and serve ye the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choo
se you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served t
hat were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose l
and ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24:14
But, there is an escape, an out for the Christian willing to take a Godly stand
against the darkness. I pray each reader will take that Godly stand today!
"But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever
doth make manifest is light." (Ephesians 5:13)

David Carrico
Followers of Jesus Christ Ministries
5220 Ashley Drive
Evansville, IN 47711
Freemasonry is an occult secret society and all Freemasons have aligned themselv
es with the occult. This is the obvious conclusion that people with just a casua
l knowledge of the lodge are forced to realize. The word occult means deliberate
ly kept hidden: not revealed to others. (1) How can Freemasonry avoid being clas
sified as occult when the Mason is forbidden by oath not to reveal what goes on
behind the closed doors of the lodge even to his wife or his fellow church membe
rs. All Freemasons have definitely participated in occult activities. This is an
opinion that the Masonic book, The Royal Arch: Its Hidden Meaning, published by
the Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company heartily agrees with.
Many Freemasons shudder at the word occult which comes from the Latin, meaning
to cover, to conceal from public scrutiny and the profane. But anyone studying F
reemasonry cannot avoid classifying Freemasonry among occult teachings.(2)
We will be studying some of the powerful people and organizations that have play
ed a part in the modern occult revival and we will find as we study their teach
ings that they all have one common denominator: Freemasonry.
Freemasonry: The Devil's Playground
Anton LaVey, the High Priest of the Church of Satan states:
"...Masonic orders have contained the most influential men in many governments,
and virtually every occult order has many Masonic roots. (3)
Freemasonry is not just an occult secret society. Freemasonry has served for ove
r two hundred years as a fertile recruiting ground for other occult orders. Men
who have come together to practice Masonry have many times down through the year
s formed other organizations to plunge even deeper into the occult.
The Illuminati
According to our research, the first group that used the Masonic lodge for their
evil designs was the infamous Bavarian Illuminati. This secret society was offi
cially formed by Adam Weishaupt, professor of Canon Law at Ingolstadt University
, on May 1, 1776. As the evil plans of the Illuminati began to leak out, brave m
en took a stand and raised their voices in protest.
One such man was John Robinson, a professor of Natural Philosophy at Edinburgh U
niversity, and General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In his book,
PROOFS OF A CONSPIRACY, which was originally published in 1798, Robinson docume
nted how Masonry served as the nursery school for the Illuminati. It was then di
scovered that this group and several associated Lodges were the preparation-scho
ol for another Order of Masons, who called themselves THE ILLUMINATED, and that
the express aim of this Order was to abolish Christianity and overturn all civil
government. (4)
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
The leaders of the New Age Movement have also found a friend in the friendly con
fines of the Masonic lodges. In the last two centuries Freemasonry and the New A
ge Movement have been intricately entwined. The Scottish Rite Journal of the Sou
thern Jurisdiction was previously called The New Age Magazine between 1903-1990.
Freemason Lynn F. Perkins wrote a book in 1972 titled, NEW AGE YOUTH AND MASONR
This book was dedicated to those of oncoming generations of youth who would buil
d and operate the New Order of the Ages. (5) He also wrote another book called
MASONRY IN THE NEW AGE. Both of these books are listed for sale in the 1991 Maco
y Publishing and Masonic Supply Co., Inc. catalog. The woman heralded as the 'Mo
ther' of the modern New Age Movement is Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, 1831-1891. Bl
avatsky was born in Russia and was known for her violent temper and her ability
to swear in several languages. This behavior was no doubt intensified as a resul
t of her drug addiction to Hashish. She traveled all over the world lecturing an
d practicing the occult but her greatest impact by far was through her writings.

Her most famous book, THE SECRET DOCTRINE, is one of the foundational occult wo
rks of all time. Her preeminently wicked book made no distinction between the se
rpent and the God of the Bible and taught that Satan was the one that made man i
nto a god:
"Once that the key to Genesis is in our hands, the scientific and symbolical Kab
alah unveils the secret. The Great Serpent of the garden of Eden and the Lord Go
d are identical, . . .(6)
"Thus Satan, once he ceases to be viewed in the superstitious, dogmatic, unphilo
sophical spirit of the Churches, grows into the grandiose image of one who makes
of a terrestrial, a divine Man; (7)
The Theosophical Society
Blavatsky's 'SECRET DOCTRINE' and the organization she helped to found, the Theo
sophical Society, has certainly had an impact on our culture. 'SECRET DOCTRINE'
was the first book that Sirhan Sirhan requested after he was jailed for the murd
er of Robert Kennedy. Adolph Hitler kept a copy of THE SECRET DOCTRINE at his be
side and was profoundly influenced by it. Adolf Hitler was a disciple of Madame
Blavatsky, and was initiated into the meaning of her secret doctrines.
He was tutored by men who were formerly theosophists themselves, and had theosop
hists at his side until the very end of the war. (8) This favorite book of Adol
ph Hitler's was also a favorite of 'Freemasonry's greatest Philosopher,' 33rd de
gree Mason Manly P. Hall. Hall spoke with unrestrained praise for Blavatsky's wr
"The Secret Doctrine and Isis Unveiled are Madame Blavatsky's gifts to humanity,
and to those whose vision can pierce the menacing clouds of imminent disaster i
t is no exaggeration to affirm that these writings are the most vital literary c
ontribution to the modern world. No more can they be compared with other books t
han can the light of the sun be compared with the lamp of the glowworm. The Secr
et Doctrine assumes the dignity of a scripture, . . .(9)
Blavatsky's organization, The Theosophical Society, was founded in 1875. Freemas
on, Henry Steel Olcott was the president, with Freemason, George H. Felt as vice
president, and high ranking American Mason, Charles Sothern as a member. Also a
mong the early members was the most powerful American Mason of all time, Albert
Pike, Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite. Madame Blavatsky was such a favorite
of Freemasons that she was issued a Masonic certificate in the Ancient and Prim
itive Rite of Masonry in 1877.
Annie Besant and The Theosophical Society
In 1907, Annie Besant became the head of the Theosophical Society. Besant contin
ued Blavatsky's love for Masonry by becoming a leader and earning the 33rd degre
e in Co-Masonry, an order with rites that admitted women as well as men.
On February 19, 1922, an alliance between Mrs. Besant's Co-masonry and the Grand
Orient of France was celebrated at the Grand Temple of the DroiteHumain in Pari
s. (10)
C.W. Leadbeater and The Theosophical Society
During the time Annie Besant was head of the Theosophical Society she labored to
promote a young man from India, Jiddu Krishnamurti, as the Messiah. Her right h
and man in this endeavor was 33rd degree Mason, C.W. Leadbeater. This Freemason
had a passionate desire for the deeper workings of the occult. Some sources clai
m Leadbeater was a pedophile homosexual. (11)
When the dark side of Freemasonry begins to be revealed and discussed, the quest
ion invariably arises: Does participation in Masonic rituals lead to demon invas
ion and control? C.W. Leadbeater answers that question for us most decisively fr
om an insiders point of view. Leadbeater does more than give an affirmative answ
er to our question. He proceeds to describe the demon spirits he received in the
various degrees of Freemasonry:
"The 30th degree brings its Angel also, of appropriate character - a great blue
Deva of the First Ray, who lends his strength to the Knight K.H., somewhat as th
e crimson Angel assists the Ex. and perf. Bro. of the Rose-Croix. The 33rd degre
e gives two such splendid fellow-workers - spirits of gigantic size as compared
to humanity, and radiantly white in colour. (12)
"The 33rd degree links the Sovereign Grand Inspector General with the Spiritual
King of the World Himself, That Mightiest of Adepts who stands at the head of th
e Great White Lodge, in whose strong hands lie the destinies of earth . . .(13)
"Yet when one of these bright Spirits is attached to us by a Masonic ceremony we
must not think of him either as a director or as an attendant, but simply as a
co-worker and a brother.(14)
Alice A. and Foster Bailey
Alice A. Bailey was the reigning 'queen' of The New Age movement until her death
in the 1970's. She wrote over twenty books with the help of her spirit guide, t
he Tibetan master Dwjhal Khul. Mrs. Bailey spoke plainly and truthfully about th
e fact that the Masonic lodge was the training school for the leaders of the occ
ult world. Alice A. Bailey said of Freemasonry:
"It is a far more occult organization than can be realized, and is intended to b
e the training school for the coming advanced occultists. (15)
Together with her husband, 32nd degree Mason Foster Bailey, Alice Bailey labored
to bring in the reign of the New Age Christ. Foster states:
"The most important re-orientation in the Hierarchy is the united focus on prepa
ration for the reappearance of the Christ among men. (16)
"The Christ is a living man today. He is a great world executive and is actively
working to help humanity to grow up spiritually, but not seeking or wanting to
control us. (17)
"The Christ and the hierarchy are focused on new age actions and when externaliz
ed will use new age techniques. (18)
Foster Bailey ridiculed the Christ of the Bible and heralded the false gospel of
the New Age Christ:
"The Christian doctrine that he comes as a Christian to save us from hell and fo
r some distant judgment date is a hangover from humanity's childhood days. He do
es not come to save us but to help us save ourselves, . . .(19)
Foster Bailey wrote articles for Masonic magazines and lectured at Masonic lodge
halls. His book, THE SPIRIT OF MASONRY, is still sold in the Macoy Publishing a
nd Masonic Supply Co. Catalog. It is sobering to read in his book how this power
ful New Age leader spoke of Masonry as the universal religion.
"Is it not possible from a contemplation of this side of Masonic teaching that i
t may provide all that is necessary for the formulation of a universal religion?
May it not be true, as has been said, that if all religions and Scriptures were
blotted out and only Masonry were left in the world we could still recover the
great plan of salvation? Most earnestly should all true Masons consider this poi
nt. . . .
"A revitalized Masonry, made up of Masons true to their obligations and realisin
g the Mystic Tie that binds them all together in one true brotherhood, would als
o provide a platform so universal that it would meet the need of thinkers of all
kinds and of every school of thought. It would thus not only meet a religious n
eed by providing a universal religion, but would also satisfy the mental need fe
lt by all broad-minded thinkers at this time. (20)
Aleister Crowley: Father of Modern Satanism
The most disturbing example of someone being recruited out of Freemasonry into m
ore bizarre occult orders is that of 33rd degree Mason, Aleister Crowley. During
his lifetime, Crowley was proclaimed by the press as the most wicked man alive.
Crowley's perverted life left a string of casualties among those who were fooli
sh enough to get close to this evil man. Crowley's first wife, Rose entered an i
nsane asylum in 1911; his second wife, Maria entered an asylum in 1931, two year
s after her marriage to Crowley.
In a locked room with only Crowley and his son present, Crowley performed a ritu
al in which his son died. . . . On a London street in 1934, a nineteen-year-old
girl rushed up to him and declared that she wanted to have his baby. Crowley too
k her to bed. She, too, later entered an asylum. (21)
Just a brief autobiographic sketch of Crowley's life is like an evening swim in
a sewer. Crowley called himself the 'Beast 666' and Leila Waddell, his mistress,
displayed the mark of the beast that was tattooed between her breasts. If there
ever was a man that was more wicked than Crowley, it would be hard to imagine.
Crowley was a homosexual and a drug addict that opposed Christianity with a hatr
ed that was frightening. He said:
"To me, every dirty act was simply a sacrament of sin, a passionately religious
protest against Christianity, which was for me the symbol of all vileness, meann
ess, treachery, falsehood and oppression. (22)
O.T.O.: Ordo Templi Orientis and Freemason, Theodor Reuss
One of the most alarming things about Crowley's life was the way that he went fr
om Freemasonry into the cult of the O.T.O. (Ordo Templi Orientis). Crowley tells
in his own words how Freemason Theodor Reuss recruited him into the O.T.O.:
"Although I was admitted to the thirty-third and last degree of Freemasonry so l
ong ago as 1900, it was not until the summer of 1912 that my suspicion was confi
rmed. I speak of my belief that behind the frivolities and convivialities of our
greatest institution lay in truth a secret ineffable and miraculous, potent to
control the forces of Nature, and not only to make men brethren, but to make the
m divine. But at the time I speak of a man came to me, a man of those mysterious
masters of esoteric Freemasonry who are alike its Eyes and its Brains, and who
exist in its midst unknown, often, even to its acknowledged chiefs . . . This ma
n had been watching my occult career for some years, and deemed me now worthy to
partake in the Greater Mysteries. (23)
This certainly shows that members of other occult orders can work within Freemas
onry often times without the knowledge of the actual leaders of the lodge. The O
.T.O. was founded in 1895 by the Austrian Freemason, Karl Kellner. Freemason, Th
eodor Reuss became its leader after Kellner's death. Reuss started a magazine ca
lled The Oriflame in 1902 with the help of Freemason ,Franz Hartman. A 1912 jubi
lee edition of the magazine revealed information about what the O.T.O. activitie
s really were.
"Our order possesses the KEY which opens up all Masonic and Hermetic secrets, na
mely, the teaching of sexual magic, and this teaching explains, without exceptio
n, all the secrets of Nature, all the symbolism of Freemasonry and all systems o
f religion. (24)
Aleister Crowley and The O.T.O.
In 1912, while holding the rank of 33rd degree Mason, Aleister Crowley became th
e head of the British O.T.O. The teachings and the practices of the O.T.O. were
amazingly disgusting. A very brief description of their degrees is as follows:
"Today's literature about sex magic relies heavily on practices which were alrea
dy common in the O.T.O. or in its later development b y Aleister Crowley . . . T
he division is as follows: VIII degree O.T.O. = autoerotic practice IX degree O.
T.O. = heteroerotic practice XI degree O.T.O. = homoerotic practice This is the
traditional sex-magic practice as performed under Crowley. 25 Thirty-third degre
e Aleister Crowley proudly called his cult of the O.T.O. 'true freemasonry.' I c
laim for my system that it satisfies all possible requirements of true freemason
ry. It offers a rational basis for universal brotherhood and for universal relig
ion. (26)
How close is the connection between Freemasonry and the O.T.O.? Masonic Historia
n Francis King reveals a closer connection than most Freemasons would ever dare
to admit.
"For the O.T.O. not only had, as we shall see, connections with spurious and cla
ndestine Masonic groups but functioned as a recruiting office for one of these f
or in the 'Classification of Members by Degrees' appended to Ruess's document is
clearly stated that 'candidates are made Freemasons by the Directing Members (F
ratres Superiores) of the O.T.O. (27)
The fact that Crowley was the head of the O.T.O. while holding the rank of 33rd
degree Mason should forever explode the myth that Freemasonry is a Christian org
anization. Crowley spoke openly and candidly about his Masonic honors.
"This view was confirmed when The Arcane Schools of John Yarker came to me for r
eview. I wrote to the author, who recognized my title to the 33rd degree and con
ferred on me the grades of 95 degree Memphis and the 90 degree Mizraim. It seeme
d as if I had some how turned a tap. From this time on I lived in a perfect show
er of diplomas, from Bucharest to Salt Lake City. I possess more exalted titles
than I have ever been able to count. I am supposed to know more secret signs, to
kens, passwords, grandwords, grips, and so on, than I could actually learn in a
dozen lives. An elephant would break down under the insignia I am entitled to we
ar. (28)
In Aleister Crowley's book, THE CONFESSIONS OF ALEISTER CROWLEY, he spoke with g
reat admiration about the Royal Arch degree.
"I supposed myself to have reached the summit of success when I restored the Sec
ret Word of the Royal Arch. In this case, tradition had preserved the Word almos
t intact. (29)
It is perfectly understandable that this hater of Christianity would love the Ro
yal Arch degree of Freemasonry. In this degree, Freemasons blaspheme the God of
the Bible by uniting God's name with pagan gods. The secret word of the Royal Ar
ch that Crowley is referring to is :Jah-Bul-On. The Jah represents Jehovah, Bul
represents the pagan god Ba'al, and On represents the Egyptian sun god. It is no
wonder Crowley's Satanic heart jumped for joy when he was able to blaspheme the
God of the Bible by uniting the true God with the pagan god, Baal to whom human
children were sacrificed.
"they have also built the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for
burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or speak, nor did it come into
My mind" (Jeremiah 19:5 NKJV)
The meaning of the secret word in the Royal Arch degree is confirmed by an excel
lent authority: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FREEMASONRY, by Albert G. Mackey. Baal signi
fies Lord or Master and occurs several times in the Bible as a part of the names
of various gods. Alone, the word applies to the sun-god, the supreme male deity
of the Syro-Phoenician nations. For an account of his worship read First Kings
xviii. With Jah and On, it has been introduced into the Royal Arch system as a r
epresentative of the Tetragrammation. . . .(30)
The O.T.O. describes itself as an organization that is dedicated to follow the d
octrine of Crowley. THE ORDO TEMPLI ORIENTIS (O.T.O.) is an Initiatic Body compo
sed of men and women who have accepted the principles of THE BOOK OF THE LAW, wh
ich was transmitted through Aleister Crowley (1875-1947). . . .
"The Book is conceived to be a perfect transmission of the divine, freed from an
y defects of human interference. As such, it is a luminous vehicle of Truth that
can serve as an infallible guide to human conduct . . . Aleister Crowley will a
t least be remembered as the greatest occult genius of the twentieth century . .
. His influence on modern occultism is incalculable, penetrating every Western
school. (31)
Any cult that follows the teachings of Crowley must be taken very seriously. The
following quotes are from The Book of Law that the O .T.O. endorsed as a perfec
t transmission of the divine and a luminous vehicle of Truth that can serve as a
n infallible guide to human conduct.
"11. Worship me with fire & blood; worship me with swords & with spears. Let the
woman be girt with a sword before me: let blood flow to my name. Trample down t
he Heathen; be upon them, o warrior, I will give y Petrovnaou of their flesh to
eat 12. Sacrifice cattle, little and big: after a child . . . 24. The best blood
is of the moon, monthly: then the fresh blood of a child, or dropping from the
host of heaven: then of enemies; t hen of priest or of the worshippers: last of
some beast, no matter what. . . . 51. With my Hawk's head I peck at the eyes of
Jesus as he hangs upon the cross.... 60. There is no law beyond Do what thou wil
t. (32 )
The following quotes from Crowley's Magick in Theory and Practice will further p
rove our concern.
"For the highest spiritual working one must accordingly choose that victim which
contains the greatest and purest force. A male child of perfect innocence and h
igh intelligence (f.2) is the most satisfactory and suitable victim. . . .' But
the bloody sacrifice, though more dangerous, is more efficacious; and for nearly
all purposes human sacrifice is the best. (f.2. ....In the Sacrifice during Inv
ocation, however, it may be said without fear of contradiction that the death of
the victim should coincide with the supreme invocation.) (33)
Rosicrucian Society
As we continue our study of Freemasonry and the occult, we need to look at anoth
er secret order that has networked with Freemasonry for many years, the Rosicruc
ian Society. Much could be written about the various Rosicrucian orders and thei
r relationship to the lodge, but for the purpose of our study we will be mention
ing only one; the Rosicruciana in Anglia. One had to be at least a Master Mason
to belong to this organization and it is of particular interest because the memb
ers of this secret order gave birth to yet another secret society, THE GOLDEN DA
In some respects Westcott's Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was a by-product o
f his connection with a Masonic 'Rosicrucian' fraternity called the Rosicrucian
Society of England, also known as the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia, or more f
amiliarly as the Soc. Ros. Membership was confined to Master Masons. It was not
a Masonic Lodge but an esoteric society of Freemasons who were interested in occ
ultism, the Kabbalah in particular, and Masonic symbolism. (34)
All three of the original founders of the Golden Dawn were Freemasons: Dr. Willi
am Wynn Westcott, Dr. William Woodman, and S.L. MacGregor Mathers. As we shall s
ee, the ties between the Golden Dawn and the Masonic lodge go much deeper than t
he fact that all were Freemasons. Dr. William Wynn Westcott's interests were occ
ultism and Freemasonry. In order to practice ritual magic he established an occu
lt secret society called the Golden Dawn in London in 1888. Since its founding i
t has been one of the most secretive and influential of all occult orders.
Madam Blavatsky was so excited about the existence of the Golden Dawn that she m
ade an intriguing announcement calling the order 'The Hermetic Students of the G
.D. in the Outer' in the June 1889 issue of her Theosophical periodical, Lucifer
. (35)
World renown witches, Janet and Stewart Farrar, authors of A WITCHES BIBLE COMPL
EAT, give credit to the Freemasons of the Golden Dawn for the modern cult explos
ion that we are experiencing today. They state:
"It is generally agreed that the biggest single influence in the modern expansio
n of ritual magic, and the occult explosion in genera l, in the Western world, w
as the Golden Dawn. This magical fraternity, founded by Freemasons at the end of
the 19th century, developed a complex ritual system with ten degrees of initiat
ion relating to the Cabalistic Sephiroth. (36)
As our study progresses, we will see that these witches were extremely correct w
ith those statements. Dr. William Robert Woodman, an eminent Freemason, was also
one of the original founders that worked very hard to establish the Golden Dawn
. He was a member of the Ros. Anglia, a Hebrew scholar and student of the Kabala
h, and also wrote many occult manuscripts.
Dr. William Wynn Westcott
William Wynn Westcott was a London coroner who was forced to choose between his
job and the Golden Dawn when the public became aware of his occult activities. W
estcott chose to resign as head of the Golden Dawn (at least visibly.) Westcott
translated the SEPHER YETZIRAH, a Cabalistic text, and also wrote a book titled,
THE MAGICAL MASON.. This Golden Dawn founder belonged to a truly impressive lis
t of occult organizations which gives us an idea of how these occult organizatio
ns network.
Wm. Wynn Westcott, an English Mason, appointed Junior Grand Deacon to the Grand
Lodge of England in 1902 and the head of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia and
Golden Dawn, was also the Secretary of the Rite of Swedenborg, Knight Kadosch i
n Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rites, Grand Standard Bearer, Royal Arch, Grand
Lodge of England, and Regent of the Illuminati and on intimate terms with one of
its founders, the German Theodore Reuss 33rd, 90th, 96th, degrees. (37)
Westcott also worked closely with Theodor Reuss, the head of the O.T.O.. Since
their early existence, the O.T.O. and the Golden Dawn have maintained close ties
. The father of modern Satanism, Aleister Crowley, was a member of both organiza
S.L. MacGregor Mathers
The last of the original founders of the Golden Dawn that we will be discussing
is S.L. MacGregor Mathers, who was heralded at the turn of the last century as t
he most powerful and gifted occult practitioner in the world. Mathers was initia
ted into Freemasonry on Oct. 4, 1877 and became a Master Mason on January 30, 18
Mathers took Aleister Crowley and taught him what he needed to know to go on to
become the father of modern Satanism. All did not remain peaceful between Mather
s and Crowley and as the rivalry increased they actually engaged in a war of Bla
ck Magic. Mathers would receive instructions from 'Secret Chiefs' whom Mathers c
laimed were human beings with superhuman powers.
Mathers wrote what was called Mathers Manifesto , a pledge of blind obedience to
these 'Secret Chiefs'. The Manifesto stated:
"It was requisite that such a member should be one who, while having the necessa
ry and peculiar educational basis of critical and profound occult archaeological
knowledge, should at the same time be not only ready but willing to devote hims
elf in every sense to a blind and unreasoning obedience to those Secret Chiefs;.
"he must further pledge himself to obey in everything the commands of the afores
aid Secret Chief's 'perinde ac cadaver', body and soul, without question and wit
hout argument whether their commands related to magical action in the external w
orld, or to psychic world, military action in the external world, or to psychic
action in other worlds and planes, whether Angelic, spiritual or demonic . . .(3
Mathers still influences the occult world today through his writings. Mathers wr
ote one of the classic books on the Kabbalah called, KABBALAH UNVEILED. Mathers
also translated two of the most influential books of magical spells, THE KEY OF
While Crowley was working the rituals of the Book of Abramelin he became possess
ed with his lifelong spirit guide (demon), Aiwass. The demon Aiwass dictated th
e truly satanic book, THE BOOK OF LAW, to Crowley. We have previously studied so
me parts of that book in the information on the O.T.O.
Arthur Edward Waite
Another man who was initiated into the Golden Dawn at Mathers' home was Arthur E
dward Waite. Waite proceeded to become a major force, not only in the occult wor
ld, but also in Freemasonry. Waite was praised by one of the greatest Masonic au
thorities of all time in one of the most popular Masonic books ever written, THE
BUILDERS, by Joseph Fort Newton. The following is an excerpt of the tribute to
"Perhaps the greatest student in this field of esoteric teaching and method, cer
tainly the greatest now living, is Arthur Edward Waite, to whom it is a pleasure
to pay tribute. (40)
Waite was more than a Freemason; he was an authority on Freemasonry and was the
author of A NEW ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FREEMASONRY. Waite is also the author of such oc
OF BLACK MAGIC by Waite contains terrible conjurations given in the name of Sata
n and has spells to conjure Lucifer.
Another of Waite's book is called, THE HOLY KABBALAH, which states in its intro
duction, "For the Kabbalist the ultimate sacrament is the sexual act, carefully
organized and sustained as the most perfect mystical trance. (41)
Perhaps you are beginning to realize the connections between the Golden Dawn and
Freemasonry are many. The Golden Dawn was not only founded by Freemasons, but w
e can also document that in the early stages of the Golden Dawn it had a helping
hand from the lodge. The fact can be established that the original Golden Dawn
was allowed to use the Mark Masons' Hall to conduct rituals. They were given ass
istance by Masonic officials, but the lodge was careful that this knowledge didn
't become public.
From the beginning, the ceremonies of Isis-Urania were conducted at Mark Masons'
Hall in the Great Queen Street (now demolished), but members were careful not t
o embarrass the Masonic authorities, being told that they 'must not enter Mark M
asons; Hall by the front door, but go under archway and down passage, entering b
y a door on the right'. (42)
One of the early members of the Golden Dawn, Maud Gonne MacBride, left the organ
ization after finding out about the Masonic Connections of the order.
"Usually the G.D. held their ceremonies in the drawing-room of some member of th
e Order, but on one occasion I was summoned to an initiation ceremony of the Ord
er in the Mark Masons' Hall in Euston Road. it set me thinking. If they met in a
Free-Mason Hall, perhaps the G.D. was an esoteric side of Masonry. (43)
The Rituals of the Golden Dawn involved ritual magic and to be precise, they sum
moned and conversed with Demons! Nothing could be made any clearer than from rea
ding an official account of their rituals by Israel Regardie.
"Yet, if there may arise an absolute necessity for working or conversing with a
Spirit of evil nature, and that to retain him before thee without tormenting him
, thou hast to employ the symbol of the Pentagram reversed . . .(44)
It is indeed hard to disagree with the conclusion of our witch experts, Janet an
d Stewart Farrar, when they stated that the biggest influence in the modern occu
lt explosion has been the Freemasons of the Golden Dawn. The foundational works
for Ritual Magic and Satanism are found in the writings of the men involved in t
he Golden Dawn. Anton Szandor LaVey, high priest of the Church of Satan gives cr
edit to the Golden Dawn as the source of his satanic invocations found in the Sa
tanic Bible. LaVey tells about his translations:
"I have presented my translation of the following calls with an archaic but Sata
nically correct unvarnishing of the translation employed by the Order of the Gol
den Dawn in the late Nineteenth Century....the Enochian Calls are the Satanic pa
eans of faith. (45)
What about the Farrars' own special field of expertise witchcraft? By now you ca
n probably guess the answer. They definitely give credit to Freemasonry as one o
f the sources for the rituals of witchcraft. Doreen Valiente, in particular cont
ributed much to the final version of Gardner's BOOK OF SHADOWS, the unpublished
body of rituals and Craft lore traditionally copied out by hand by every new Wit
ch from his or her initiator's version.
There is no doubt that the New Forest coven's inherited rituals were fragmentary
, and Gardner had set about making them into a workable whole by filling the gap
s with material he regarded as suitable from other sources, such as Freemasonry,
the writings of Aleister Crowley, and the odd Kipling poem. (46)
Witchcraft and Freemasonry
Many researchers of the occult have pointed out the similarities between the ini
tiation ritual in Witchcraft and the Masonic initiation ritual. There are many o
ther similarities between the two crafts that could be documented and compared.
One reason for these similarities is the fact that both evolved from an obvious
common source, the Ancient Mystery Religions. Another reason is the fact that so
me of the most powerful and influential witches of Modern times have been Freema
Gerald Gardner and Alex Sanders
According to the writings of a Shamani witch, Gwyn Gwynallen, even the very name
Wicca, the name often given to modern Witchcraft, originated from the writings
of the two Freemasonic witches Gerald Gardner and Alex Sanders.
GWYN GWYNALLEN: Wicca, the name often given to modern Witchcraft, grew out of Gr
eat Britain from the writings of two people, Gerald Gardner and Alex Sanders.
Gardner was a Freemason and also a Lodge Master of the O.T.O. He enlisted help f
rom his fellow O.T.O. member Aleister Crowley in the writing of his rituals. Gar
dner was known as a sado-masochist and the Gardenian school of Witchcraft is nam
ed after him. When Gardner revealed his involvement with witch cults in his 1954
publication, Witchcraft Today, he received a torrent of letters and within a fe
w years covens were in operation all over England.
Alex Sanders was a Freemason and a black magickian and is also known as the foun
der of the Alexandrian school of Witchcraft which is noted for its use of sexual
intercourse in the initiation rituals. These two branches of Witchcraft or pag
anism, [Gardenian and Alexandrian], to our minds, are Wiccan.(47)
Alex Sanders said he was initiated as a witch when he was seven years old by his
grandmother who was a witch . . . she had him stand
nude in a circle with his head down. She took a sharp razor, cut his scrotum to
make it bleed slightly, and declared him a witch . . . a third degree, and . . .
a black magickian. (48)
Eliphas Levi
Any survey of the history of the relationship between Freemasonry and other occu
lt orders would be incomplete without making mention of the master Freemason, oc
cultist Eliphas Levi. Professor Carl Raschke of the University of Denver does an
excellent job of expressing the importance of Eliphas Levi to the occult explos
Nearly a century before Crowley, around the middle of the nineteenth century, th
ere rose to fame in France a renegade Catholic rector called Alphonse Constant,
who changed his name to Eliphas Levi. Levi was considered the Michelangelo of th
e suppressed traditions of black magic in the Christian West. (49)
The French occultist Alphonse-Louis Constant (a.k.a. Eliphas Levi), who influenc
ed twentieth-century Satanism considerably, bought almost completely into the th
esis that Templars were diabolists. And his engraving of the Templar idol Baphom
et has become a classic article of iconography for today's black magicians, a so
rt of Satanist Mona Lisa. (50)
Levi's engraving of the Baphomet which was called the 'Satanist Mona Lisa' by
professor Raschke.
Illustration of Baphomet.(51)
Eliphas Levi, translated by A.E. Waite, Transcendental MAGIC, Samuel Weiser, In
c., p. 186.
T he Satanic Bible by Anton LaVey explains how important this picture is to Sata
The symbol of Baphomet was used by the Knights Templar to represent Satan. Throu
gh the ages this symbol has been called by many different names. Among these are
: The Goat of Mendes, The Goat of a Thousand Young. The Black goat, The Judas Go
at, and perhaps most appropriately, The Scapegoat . Baphomet represents the Powe
rs of Darkness combined with the generative fertility of the goat...The symbol o
f Baphomet is placed on the wall above the altar. (52)
The occult researcher, Michael Howard, comments on the symbolism of Levi's panth
eistic idol, Baphomet, in his book, THE OCCULT CONSPIRACY.
"In Levi's illustration, Baphomet is a goat-headed figure with androgynous featu
res who sits on a cube. A torch blazes between the goat's horns which represents
cosmic intelligence and spiritual illumination. In occult tradition, Lucifer, w
ho is regarded by the Church as the devil is called the light-bringer because he
grants his disciples spiritual illumination through incarnation on the physical
plane. (53)
Albert Pike and Eliphas Levi
Eliphas Levi became a Freemason on March 14, 1861, and authored many books that
have become classics in occult literature. Many more things than we have alread
y shared could be said about Eliphas Levi, but the information we are dwelling o
n here is the Luciferian doctrine that Levi passed on to another Freemason of gr
eat repute, Albert Pike.
Pike was the Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite from 1859-1891 and is called b
y many the most powerful and influential American Mason of all time. His book, M
ORALS AND DOGMA, which was published by the Supreme Council is still a Masonic c
lassic of great impact. Levi thought of Lucifer not as a person, but as a force;
the pantheistic god of the New Age movement, the great magical agent that could
be used for good or evil. He explains:
"They have said that the Great Magical Agent - accurately termed Lucifer becaus
e it is the vehicle of light and the receptacle of all forms is a mediating for
ce diffused throughout creation; (54)
In the Luciferian doctrine of Eliphas Levi, Satan and Lucifer were not evil in
the craft sense, they were just another side of Levi's pantheistic god.
"Thus Satan is not the ruler of the realm of shadow, he is the agent of light be
hind a veil. He is of service to God, he performs God 's work: God has not rejec
ted him, for he holds him still in his hand. . . . What is the Devil, then, in t
he final analysis? The Devil is God working evil. (55 )
This is the God of Star Wars, not a personal God, but just a force that can be u
sed for good like Luke Skywalker, or can also be used for evil, like Darth Vader
. Albert Pike teaches the same Luciferian doctrine in what is probably the most
widely used and honored Masonic book of all time, MORALS AND DOGMA.
"The true name of Satan, the Kabalists say, is that of Yahveh reversed; for Sata
n is not a black god, but the negation of God. The Devil is the personification
of Atheism or Idolatry. For the Initiates, this is not a Person, but a Force, cr
eated for good, but which may serve for evil. It is the instrument of Liberty or
Free Will. They represent this Force, which presides over the physical generati
on, under the mythologic and horned form of the God Pan; thence came the he-goat
of the Sabbat, brother of the Ancient Serpent, and the Light-bearer or Phosphor
, of which the poets have made the false Lucifer of the legend. (56)
Most Freemasons don't know the passage above is a direct quote from page 161 of
THE HISTORY OF MAGIC, by the master occultist Eliphas Levi. Albert Pike speaks o
nce again about Lucifer the light-bearer in MORALS AND DOGMA.
"Lucifer, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of
Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and wi
th its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual, or selfish Souls? Doubt it
not! (57)
Once again, few Freemasons realize that Albert Pike is quoting directly from pag
e 36 of The History of Magic by Eliphas Levi. The fact that Albert Pike takes hi
s Luciferian doctrine directly from the occultist Freemason Eliphas Levi can be
proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Another one of Eliphas Levi's occult drawings is called 'the great symbol of S
olomon.' This drawing from Eliphas Levi's book, TRANSCENDENTAL MAGIC, also portr
ayed the false idea that God has an evil side to him as well as a good side. It
was explained as :
"The great Symbol of Solomon. The Double Triangle of Solomon, represented by the
two Ancients of the Kabalah; the Macroprosopus and t he Microprosopus; the God
of Light and the God of Reflections; of mercy and vengeance; the white Jehovah a
nd the black Jehovah. (58)
Illustration of Great Symbol, of Solomon.
Eliphas Levi, translated by A.E. Waite,
Transcendental MAGIC, Samuel Weiser, Inc. 1896, p.xii. (59)
The same drawing also appears in a recent book called, A BRIDGE TO LIGHT, publis
hed by the Supreme Council, 33rd degree Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Fr
eemasonry Southern Jurisdiction. Across from the drawing in that book is an expl
anation of who the snake represents that is surrounding the symbol. Speaking of
the snake's true identity:
"It is the body of the Holy Spirit, the universal Agent, the Serpent devouring h
is own tail. (60)
What a blasphemy! What arrogance! Jesus said:
"Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unt
o men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost s hall not be forgiven unto men.
And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him:
but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, ne
ither in this world, neither in the world to come. (Matthew 12:31-32 KJV )
We have read the explanation from A BRIDGE TO LIGHT concerning the snake around
Levi's drawing of the white Jehovah and the black Jehovah, and the fact that the
book claims the snake represents the Holy Spirit. We have told how the book is
published by the Supreme
Council. How can any man that is a Christian support the distribution of such bl
asphemy? Such an idea is unthinkable!
Freemasonry is truly an organization that deceives good men. Many honorable men
who are in the lodge actually believe that they belong to a Christian fraternal
organization and nothing could be farther from the truth. As we have shown, All
Freemasons are in the occult and down through the years, time after time, Masons
have come together to organize other occult groups. There is most assuredly mor
e to Freemasonry than most Freemasons realize. Thirty-third degree, Manly P. Hal
l, Masonry's greatest philosopher, gives us a true picture of Freemasonry:
"Freemasonry is a fraternity within a fraternity, an outer organization conceali
ng an inner brotherhood of the elect. . . . The visible society is a splendid ca
maraderie of free and accepted men enjoined to devote themselves to ethical, edu
cational, fraternal, patriotic, and humanitarian concerns. The invisible society
is a secret and most august fraternity whose members are dedicated to the servi
ce of a mysterious arcanum arcanorum. . . . In each generation only a few are ac
cepted into the inner sanctuary of the work, but these are veritable princes of
truth, and their sainted names shall be remembered in future age together with t
he seers and prophets of the elder world. . . . They are dwellers upon the thres
hold of the innermost, masters of that secret doctrine which forms the invisible
foundation of every great theological and rational institution. (61)
We have presented in a few brief pages a general review of the relationship betw
een Freemasonry and the dark side of the occult world. We have documented the co
nnections between Freemasons and the Illuminati, the New Age movement, the Theos
ophical Society, Satanism, the O.T.O., the Rosicrucian Society, the Golden Dawn,
Witchcraft, the Egyptian Mystery Religions, many history making key people, and
many famous Freemasons who were involved with these groups. Much more could hav
e been said on this subject, but we believe what has been presented is sufficien
t enough to show the fact that Freemasons have played the leading roles in the 2
0th Century occult explosion.
This is a side of the Lodge that Masons don't like to talk about. However, it is
a side that exists nonetheless. The Scripture admonishes us not to be unequally
yoked with unbelievers; and when a man can bow the knee at the Masonic altar an
d make the Freemasons that we have discussed in this chapter their lodge brother
s, they have taken upon themselves the most unequal yoke that could ever be imag
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath r
ighteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what path he that believeth with an
infidel? And What agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the
temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in th
em; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and tou
ch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you,
and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (II Corinthians
6:14-18 KJV)
1. Webster's Third New International Dictionary, 1976 G.& C. Merriam Co., p
. 1560.
2. George H. Steinmetz, The Royal Arch Its Hidden Meaning, Macoy Publishing
and Masonic Supply Co., Inc. 1946, p. 147.
3. Anton Szandor LaVey, The Satanic Rituals, Avon Books 1972, p. 78.
4. John Robinson, A.M., Proofs of a Conspiracy, The Americanist Classics, W
estern Islands, 1798, p. 60.
5. Lynn F. Perkins, New Age Youth and Masonry, CSA Press, Publisher 1972, p
. Dedication page.
6. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, The Theosophical Publish
ing House 1893, p. 446.
7. Ibid., 220
8. Joseph J. Carr, The Twisted Cross, Huntington House Inc. 1985, p. 282.
9. Manly P. Hall, The Phoenix, An Illustrated Review of Occultism and Philo
sophy, 1960 The Philosophical Research Society, p. 122.
10. Lady Queenborough, Occult Theocracy, The Christian Book Club of america
1933, p. 533.
11. Jerry Johnston, The Edge of Evil, Word Publishing, 1989, p. 136. (in int
erview with Joseph Carr, author of The Twisted Cross).
12. C. W. Leadbeater 33rd degree, The Hidden Life in Freemasonry, The Theoso
phical Publishing House, Adyar, Madras India 1928, p. 336.
13. Ibid., p. 326.
14. Ibid., p. 334.
15. Alice A. Bailey, The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, Lucis Publishing
Company, New York 1957, p. 511.
16. Foster Bailey, Things To Come, Lucis Publishing Company, New York 1974,
p. 108.
17. Ibid., p. 110.
18. Ibid., p. 122.
19. Ibid., p. 116.
20. Foster Bailey, The Spirit of Masonry, Lucis Press Ltd., London 1957, p.
21. Aleister Crowley, Ancient Wisdom and Secret Sects, Time-Life Books 1989,
p. 118.
22. Aleister Crowley, Satanic Extracts, Black Lodge Publishing 1991, 4 Pledg
e, 5.
23. Kenneth Grant, Aleister Crowley & The Hidden God, Samuel Weiser): 174. (
A footnote in this section says that the man the reference to is Theodor Reuss.)

24. Francis King, The Rites of Modern Occult Magic, The MacMillan Company 19
70): 119.
25. Frater U. .D. ., Secrets of the German Sex Magicians, Llewellyn Publicat
ions 1991): 138.
26. Edited by Hymenaeus Beta X degree, The Equinox, Samuel Weiser 1990, Volu
me 3, No. 10, 205.
27. Frances King, The Secret Rituals of the O.T.O., Samuel Weiser 1973): 13.

28. John Symonds and Kenneth Grant, The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, Ban
tam Books): 684.
29. Ibid., 771.
30. Albert G. Mackey, Mackey's Revised Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, The Maso
nic History Company, 1946): 130.
31. Edited by Hymenaeus Beta X degree, [Aleister Crowley TheMaster Therion],
The Equinox, Samuel Weiser 1990, Volume 3, No. 10, p. 87.
32. Ibid., p. 39.40,42,43.
33. Aleister Crowley, Magick In Theory and Practice, Magickal childe Publish
ing, Inc. 1990, p. 95-96.
34. Ellic Howe, The Magicians of The Golden Dawn, Samuel Weiser, Inc. 1972,
p. 8.
35. Ibid., p. 47.
36. Janet and Stewart Farrar, The Life and Times of A Modern Witch, Phoenix
Publishing Company, p. 121.
37. Lady Queenborough (Edith Starr Miller), Occult Theocracy, The Christian
Book Club of America 1933, p. 298.
38. Israel Regardie, What You Should Know About The Golden Dawn, 1987 Falcon
Press, p. 181.
39. Ibid., p. 182.
40. Joseph Fort Newton, The Builders, Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Co
mpany, 1979, p. 57.
41. A.E. Waite, The Holy Kabbalah, University Books, Citadel Press introduct
ion by Kenneth Rexroth, p. ix.
42. R. A. Gilbert, The Golden Dawn Companion, The Aquarian Press, p. 31.
43. Ellic Howe, The Magicians of The Golden Dawn, Samuel Weiser, Inc. 1972,
44. Israel Regardie, The Golden Dawn, 1990 Llewellyn Publications, p. 280.
45. Anton Szandor LaVey, The Satanic Bible, Avon Books 1969, p. 155-156.
46. Janet and Stewart Farrar, The Life and Times of A Modern Witch, Phoenix
Publishing Company, p. 23.
47. Larry Kahaner, Cults That Kill, Probing the Underworld of Occult Crime,
Warner Books 1988, p. 98.
48. Ibid., p. 99.
49. Carl A. Raschke, Painted Black, Harper and Row 1990, p.37.
50. Ibid., p. 91.
51. Anton Szandor LaVey, The Satanic Bible, Avon Books 1969, p. 139
52. Anton Szandor LaVey, The Satanic Bible, Avon Books 1969, p. 136
53. Michael Howard, The Occult Conspiracy, Secret Societies: Their Influence
and Power in World History, Destiny Books 1989, p. 38.
54. Eliphas Levi, The History of Magic, Samuel Weiser 1913, p. 159.
55. Eliphas Levi, The Book of Splendours, The Inner Mysteries of QabalismIts
relation ship to Freemasonry, Numerology & Tarot, Samuel Weiser, Inc. 1973, p.
56. Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite
of Freemasonry, 1871 L. H. Jenkins Inc., p. 102.
57. Ibid., p. 321.
58. Eliphas Levi, translated by A.E. Waite, Transcendental MAGIC, Samuel Wei
ser, Inc. 1896, p. 161.
59. Illustration of Great Symbol, of Solomon. Eliphas Levi, translated by A.
E. Waite, Transcendental MAGIC, Samuel Weiser, Inc. 1896, p. xii.
60. Rex R. Hutchens, A Bridge To Light, The Supreme Council, 33degree Ancien
t and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Southern Juris diction United States
of America 1988, p.253.
61. Manly P. Hall, Lectures on Ancient Philosophy, Philosophical Research So
ciety, Inc. 1984, p. 433
The ways things ought to be
Bob Jones
2725 Mineral Springs
Knoxville, TN 37917

We have waded through a lot of stuff. A lot of it has been pretty dark and the p
icture is bleak, but I want to share some of the bright side of things.
There are two families that co-exist in this world. There is a disinherited fami
ly. It's father is Lucifer. He is the one, who works through pride or vain glory
because he's the imitator in all things. God has glory. Satan has vain-glory. V
ain-glory is glory that isn't going anywhere. The glory of God is real. And that
family that is seeking the glory of God, the full inheritance of the Lord.
Men and women involved in the mysteries and darkness of the lodge are buried in
Vain glory. The pompous titles they wear upon their breasts, the orders of ritua
l they embrace bring even the stoutest Christians among them out from among the
inheritance of the believe into the pit of the vain glorious. They have fully a
nd completely given up their birthrights for a sad and empty counterfeit. Woe u
nto them on that day of judgement. Their inheritance will be that of the disinh
eritanted and of its father, Lucifer.
I worked for fifteen years as a development director in a Bible college. And I k
now something about inheritance, I know something about the process itself and I
'm here to tell you that it is the very process the Bible uses or shows us. I wi
sh we would all receive our full share of that ever lasting glory. It is a proce
ss that has been corrupted because there are those who would lead us from that g
lory that God has offered into that vain-glory of Satan.
Pride goes before a fall. Vain-glory will never do the job and there are those o
f us who live for the things that we can see, hear, smell, touch and taste. It
is such a waste, because this is not the reality. The reality is in the things o
f the spirit of God.
I want to share this with you; that statement, that question, first of all by t
hose who came to Jesus and said, "what shall I do or what must I do to inherit t
he kingdom?" It's a good question.
Mark 10:17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his kn
ees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal lif
Luke 10:25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teach
er," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Luke 18:18 A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit
eternal life?"
It's asked in a good way. And Jesus gave them the same answer, but it is by proc
ess of inheritance that we are to receive. I think we need to go back to the beg
inning and I'm going to just very quickly go over this.
In the beginning there was the creator, one creator, God made all things. But th
ere is something else revealed by John in the first chapter of his Gospel. With
the creator was the Word and the Word was with God and God was the Word. That wo
rd was in the beginning with God. He was with the Father in the beginning; He w
ill be with the Father at the consummation of all things. And He was with the Fa
ther when he went to Calvary.
I want to talk about this inheritance process for just a minute. First of all it
begins with property. I want to say that the execution of a will is the greates
t act of grace that anyone can commit. In the execution of a will you are a comm
itting an act of grace because it is a gift; it is something that person cannot
purchase from you; that person cannot earn from you; something that person does
not deserve. You have chosen them because of who they are. They are a friend or
they are a relative. And because of that you have promised them, in a document c
alled a testament. Incidentally it makes you a testator when you write a testam
ent. And that testament is nothing more than a promise on a piece of paper until
it goes into affect.
If I were to write one word about the old testament which I think is the theme o
f the Old Testament is the word promise. If I were to write a word over the New
Testament it would be the word probate and then finally distribution.
Let's begin back at the beginning again. God, who was the creator spoke with the
voice of authority. He spoke with truth because He is truth and the Word of God
is truth and so He spoke with an exclamation point. When God speaks you listen.
And He had a relationship with Adam that was a unique relationship.
But Satan, Lucifer, came along and took that exclamation point and began to twis
t it subtly until he formed a question mark and created in the mind of Adam doub
t. Did God say? you will surely not die. With all the subtly of the serpent he
spoke a simple statement with a period at the end. He makes no commands, he make
s no demands, he simply states lies. God spoke the truth, Satan came along with
the lie. Paul says in that passage in Romans that they exchanged the truth of G
od for the lie. Not a lie but the lie. The lie that the creature can be worshipp
ed the same as the Creator. And they began to worship the creature rather than t
he Creator. That's the lie and the deception of Satan in all this.
And so God made a promise. The next word is the promise. The promise is that God
was going to restore everything that Adam lost when he bought the lie. God had
crowned him with glory and had given him honor and had given him dominion over t
he earth and he relinquished all of this. It was turned over to the one who beca
me known as the prince of the world. And now man was lost.
When you write a will you always put people in that will; those people who are g
oing to be the recipients of your grace. And God made a will which can be found
in several places. But in Genesis chapter 12 there is a dynamic that takes place
in that occasion when Abrahm was put to sleep after having divided the carcasse
s of the animals and created the setting for covenant. And God walked between th
ese parts of the carcass while Abrahm was asleep.
Now the dynamic is this, that God and the Word passed through those carcasses. T
his same word that John was later to say became flesh and dwelt among us. There
were two parties that were present at that occasion with whom God spoke by immut
able oath, based on His own name that He would fulfill this promise that "throu
gh thee and thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed. "
Two people went into the testament or the will of God. A friend, Abraham, and a
relative, Jesus Christ. Two people. These people were the heirs of salvation. Th
e heirs of the will. Now this Jesus was unique. Because He is the one to fulfill
all this. You see God had made a will but a will is only a promise on a piece o
f paper until the death of the testator. And in the fullness of time this Word m
ade flesh who dwelt among us who spoke truth came to Calvary and He died on the
cross as the testator of the will of God.
Do you understand the significance of that? Because at that point the promise we
nt into probate. Up until that time it was just a promise. Hebrews 11 says, by f
aith Abel offered a more acceptable sacrifice while Cain did not. By faith Abra
ham left the Ur of the Chaldees to follow God, by faith, on and on through that
great list. But He says in the thirteenth verse, these all died in vain never ha
ving received the promise. It was impossible for them to do it without those of
us who are heirs in the new covenant.
The beautiful thing about this is that the two heirs cannot receive until both o
f them are heirs. And Jesus, who was the testator of the will of God, died and w
as buried. That's the normal course. But on the third day He arose from the dead
, He was raised by his Father. I want you to know that the cross is total submi
ssion to the will of God.
Jesus was put to death by His foes. He was buried by His friend and He was raise
d by His Father. This was not His work at all, it was submission to the will of
the Father. I don't know of anybody else in all my experience of working with wi
lls, whoever wrote a will, who died to put it into affect and then came back and
showed up at the reading of the will to receive the inheritance. I don't know o
f anybody else who has ever done this. That's sort of unique, isn't it. And that
's what Jesus Christ is, He is unique! And this is truth, this same Word of God
made flesh who became the heir; who returned again the Father; who is glorified
is now prepared to come back for the distribution of the estate.
What will we receive? We will receive everything that God is and everything that
God has and God has everything. There is reserved in heaven for you an inherita
nce that will not fade - that's glory! It will never fade.
Now you see vain glory is fading glory. People say, well I'm going to live by m
y looks; I want you to know that Brook Shields and Tom Seleck are beginning to w
rinkle, sag, and shed just like everybody else. Those people who say, well I wil
l make it with my wealth - listen - it's all going to be gone. I have a friend,
who was a friend of John D. Rockefeller, and this man was a member of the Gideo
ns. He said John D. Rockefeller used to boast that when he died he was going to
take his money with him. He said I was in the room when John D. Rockefeller died
, it was two o'clock in the morning and the banks were closed. He couldn't take
You see this is vain, this is vanity. Everything that you see in this room is fa
ding. There is no glory in this, everything that we see is fading and decaying a
nd passing away. But the righteousness of God is incorruptible and this is the r
ighteousness that we have now in Christ. The operating words are " in Christ. "
He is my covering, He is my peace, He is my righteousness, He is my joy, He is m
y health, He is everything, He is everything in everybody. And Lucifer ain't not
hin'! And I'm nothin' without Him! I can't do anything without Him!
When I stand in the presence of God I do not want to stand there as Robert Jones
, I want to stand there and say take my hands, Lord and want Him to see nail pr
ints in my hands. I want Him to see nail prints in my feet, the covering of Jesu
s Christ over me. I don't want to stand in the presence of God without that cove
ring. That precious armor that we wear, the righteousness, the truth, the peace,
I want to be there covered by the blood and the life and the love of Jesus. He
is everything, everything! And there is reserved in heaven for you an inheritanc
e. It will not fade, it will not decay, and it will not pass away, it is eternal
. Friends we have already eternal life. We are seated with Him.
We are joint heirs with Jesus. I'm gonna have it because of Him. I can't do tha
t stuff, He did it for me. And I am to be conformed to His image. I've been call
ed, and justified.
Justified, you know that's a beautiful word. I've been a terrible sinner in my l
ife and I wouldn't begin a recitation of it for you here. I've been a terrible s
inner and not that far back either, unfortunately. I've gone through some pretty
heavy stuff. But in the last six wonderful years I've come to know Jesus as I h
ave never known Him before. And I've come to hear and to walk with Him and to lo
ve Him, and to be loved by Him. And to know that I'm loved by Him. And to be lov
ed by my heavenly Father through Him. And that's beautiful.
You know the most beautiful picture of justification I've ever seen is what happ
ened in the garden of Gethesemene when the men came to take Jesus prisoner and
Peter had said, Lord they'll take you over my dead body. He drew his sword when
they came after Jesus and he reached out and he sliced off the ear of that man M
alcus who had relatives in high places. Now Peter was picked to preach the first
gospel sermon but he was a criminal. He could have been in jail on that occasio
n, not even present. But Jesus did something remarkable, He stooped down, picked
up the ear of Malcus, put it back and made him whole again. And in that one mov
e He not only healed Malcus He eliminated every shred of evidence against Simon
Peter and crime was blotted out. That's what it does for us. He blots out our si
ns. They never were! Because He has taken them away - that's justification. And
then I am set apart in Him and His Holy Spirit is in me.
There is a story that I have been so impressed by that I would like to share it
with you. I think that in the church we have overlooked so many things. In our w
hole approach to the idea of demons, I work as a chaplain in a rescue mission, m
any of the people who come through the front door are loaded down with demons an
d its a very real problem. Some people don't recognize the problem but we have t
o deal with that day after day. We do work with that. And without God and withou
t the Lord Jesus Christ I don't know where we'd be. Well I certainly wouldn't wa
nt to be in that kind of work, that's for sure.
The church today has lost it's sense of the inheritance, it has lost it's sense
of what Jesus has done to put all of this beautiful program, everything that we
have into affect. So that when they pull out that final book, they will began to
read the list of the heirs of salvation from the beginning, those who have been
written there. You see, many of those people who are caught up in this will Fr
eemasonry stuff never understand. Because their eyes are blinded and they cannot
not see, they will never see.
I want to tell this story because it is so important to me that we not only beg
in to look to the future but I want you to know that the steps of a good man are
ordered by the Lord. And we walk so often every day that close to miracles and
we walk on by, we miss them. Merlin Caruthers says that God was calling him to a
ministry of praise and if you know Merlin Caruthers you know that he's involved
in that ministry of praise.
But the story that he tells is that he was a chaplain in the army. And a young m
an came to him, a young private, one day and he said, " My wife is going to comm
it suicide, I have a problem. What do I do? She said if I go to Viet Nam she wi
ll take her life. She already attempted suicide once when I was drafted and I'm
sure that she will accomplish it now because she almost succeeded then."
And Merlin Caruthers said, "Send your wife in and let me talk to her. So he di
d. Now God had been dealing with Merlin and teaching him how to praise and not g
rumble and complain all the time. Most of us grumble and complain but if we begi
n to, as I Thesselonians 5:18 says, "In everything give thanks for this is the w
ill of God in Christ concerning you."

n everything! And so Merlin asked God, "What am I going to tell this lady whe
n she comes?" and God said, "Tell her what I've taught you." She came in, sat do
wn, and began to tell a sad story. She had been adopted as a young girl before s
he was born. She had been separated from her adopted parents and no family. And
when she married Ray he was all she had. She said , "If he goes to Viet Nam I'll
kill myself. "
And Merlin asked the Lord, "What will I tell this woman?" And the Lord said, "S
it back, fold your hands, open your mouth and I'll tell her." He sat down, folde
d his hands, opened his mouth, and the Lord said, "Sue, there is just one thing
I want to ask you to do, kneel down and lets thank God that Ray is going to Viet
Nam. "
She was angry and in the natural that would seem to be the only reaction. That w
as a stupid thing to say. And he could tell that she wasn't about to do that, he
said well lets pray anyway. So they prayed and he said his prayer went absolute
ly no place.
He got through with that and she said, "Chaplain, I don't understand a thing you
r talking about ,"and out she went. He got a phone call from her husband a littl
e bit later and he said, "Chaplain, what did you tell my wife?"
He said , "Well I told her that everything works together for good to those who
love the Lord, and so on."
He replied, " well what ever you told her she's twice as bad as she was when she
came in." And so he said, "why don't you just come back and let me just talk to
So later, Ray came back to the office, but meanwhile Merlin was praying, "Lord,
what am I going to tell this man? I've got to tell him something. What will I te
ll him? He needs an answer." The Lord said, "Sit back, fold your hands, I 'll te
ll him."
He sat back, folded his hands, and spoke the young private across from him and h
e said, "Ray, there's just one thing I want to ask you to do. Let's kneel down a
nd pray and thank God that Sue is exactly like she is." Well, he looked a litt
le strange but he did pray for him and nothing happened. I mean he said, this is
The young man said, "Now chaplain, I don't want to be disrespectful but now I un
derstand why Sue doesn't understand a word your talking about. I don't understan
d either." And so, he went out.
As the young man went out Caruthers said," Ray, why don't you come back with Sue
, let me talk to the two of you." He said, 'All right, we'll do that but we hav
e to have an answer, Chaplain. We've got to stop fooling around, we've got to ha
ve an answer."
The chaplain got down and he said, Now Lord, we've got to stop fooling around. I
mean we've got to tell this man something. He's got to know something. " And th
en He said, "But anyway, thank you for them just exactly as they are. "
The Lord said, "Finally! Finally, Merlin, that's what I've been trying to get a
cross to you all along. You can't help them." That's right Lord I can't help th
em. But the Lord said, " I can. Now when they come in this time, sit down, fold
your hands, open your mouth, and I'll tell them." And Merlin said, "Oh praise
the Lord, that's what I wanted Lord."
They came in and sat down across from him and he said, "Now Ray and Sue, there i
s just one thing that I ask you to do. Kneel down with me and let's thank God fo
r things exactly the way they are."
Well, Ray looked at Sue and he said "Sue I don't understand what the chaplain i
s talking about, and I know you don't understand what the chaplain is talking ab
out but he seems to think that he knows what he's talking about. So let's just k
neel down and thank God for this." And so they knelt down and prayed. "Thank you
Father, thank you Father," said Ray," that I'm going to Viet Nam." Sue prayed,
"Thank you Lord, that Ray is going to Viet Nam and I might try to kill myself."
Then they got up and they walked out. They walked out into the little chapel out
side the office door and Merlin knelt down to pray, to thank the Lord at that po
int. But when they got outside the door, Ray turned to Sue and he said, "Sue, di
d we really do that? "
"Well, yes, I guess we did."
"Did we mean it?"
" Well I guess we did."
He said, "Well let's just give it another try," and they went over and knelt do
wn at the altar and they prayed again.
And this time he said, "Father I thank you that I'm going to Viet Nam."
She said, "Father I thank you that Ray is going to Viet Nam and things are just
the way they are."
Well, Ray had to go back to his company so he left. Sue sat down and very shortl
y the door burst open and another private, another young man, came in that door.
He said, "I got to talk to the chaplain."
She said, "Well, he's inside his office and the door is closed. But he'll prob
ably be out in just a little bit."
And he said, "You don't understand, I've got a problem, I've got to talk to the
And so he came over and he began to explain to her, he took about ten or fifteen
minutes telling his problem. She said, "Well, there is one thing I can tell yo
u. If you go in there to talk to that man he isn't going to help you one bit."
But, he said, "You don't understand this, and he pulled out his billfold, and s
aid look this is a picture of my wife, and this is a picture of my children", an
d then he turned over the next picture and Sue said, "Oh my God, who is that wo
"That's my mother. Why?"
She said, "That's my mother!"
"It can't be! "
She said, "Yes it is! That's my mother. When I was a girl I was adopted and they
didn't tell me. But one day I was going through a door and I found the adoption
papers and there stapled to the corner was that same picture. I know that pictu
re, that's my mother."
He answered, "I can't believe this is so, but let's go make a phone call." The
y went and made the phone call and she came in and knocked on Merlin Caruther's
door a few minutes later. She had her arm around another private.
She said, "Chaplain, you are not going to believe this, I found my brother! And
I know who my mother is!"
And Merlin said, "Praise the Lord!"
"Do you think its because I said thank you, Lord?"
He smiled at her. "I don't know what you think but I sure know what I think." An
d then she left with her brother.
Ten minutes later there was a knock on the door and it was Ray and he said, "Ch
aplain, your not going to believe this. He said, I hadn't gone but 700 yards, he
ading back to my company, and I ran into a friend with whom I graduated from la
w school and he said, he was a second lieutenant. He said, " Ray, how are you do
ing? What are you going to be doing? I answered, "Praise the Lord, I'm going to
Viet Nam. And the man said, well, Ray, you're a good attorney, why aren't you w
orking in the law office here with me? "
They went in his office and five minutes later his orders were changed and he wa
sn't going to Viet Nam. And he said, "Chaplain, do you think its because I said,
thank you Lord? "
Merlin replied, " I don't know what you think, Ray, but I sure know what I think
. "
I want to say this, you can say that was all coincidence. Here is a young privat
e who passed twenty chapels to come to this one chapel, to a chaplain he didn't
know and didn't even get talk to. His sister happened to be sitting there whom h
e had never seen. Ray talked to a man that he had not seen since he graduated fr
om law school and in the process did not have to go to Viet Nam. Chaplain Caruth
ers had his problem taken care of, too. He was sweating it and God took care of
it for him.
What I'm trying to say is this, God orders the steps of a righteous man. God has
already taken care of things. Everything was there, he didn't just instantly p
erform a miracle, he didn't just instantly put her brother in that camp, he just
didn't instantly put that other man in the camp, they were all there and the mi
racle was already set up. All they had to do was trust God and thank God and pra
ise Him and it happened.
I've told our fellows that down at the mission. In fact, I had one young man com
e into me several weeks ago and I had just heard that testimony. So I praised th
e Lord for that, you know. And he came in and said, chaplain, I need some help a
nd he gave me a long sad story and I immediately jumped out to help him. And I r
ealized after a short time as doors began to slam in my face, I couldn't help th
is young man. And so I just knelt down and I said Lord, and I said Lord I thank
you for Bill and his wife just exactly the way they are. He was wanting shelter
for her, he was a street person, she was also a street person, she needed shelte
That's what he was asking for and he needed money in order to get it. And I coul
dn't come up with the money for him and so I figured out what I was going to tel
l him now. I had it all lined up, what I was going to tell him, but I was prayin
g, "Lord I thank you for him and I praise you for their situation exactly the w
ay it is."
So I went into chapel, we just had a new black chapel speaker who had come in, f
irst black chapel speaker we've had, and I was just praising the Lord for that.
And you know he took my speech and delivered it, that I was going to tell this m
an. The man was sitting right in the middle of the audience and he took my speec
h and delivered to him.
I didn't even have to deliver the speech and the young man come up to me afterwa
rds and he put his arms around me and he said, "I want to apologize to you. I as
ked a man to do what only God can do. "Praise the Lord! I said thank you Lord! T
hen I went down, I have a group in our home for battered women, and I went down
before my group and who was sitting there but his wife in that refuse. She was s
heltered and she's still there. And I said thank you Lord, you put it all togeth
er and I didn't have to do anything.
Wouldn't it be great if we would start trusting God more and more and not depend
ing on the arm of the flesh for the things that we are doing. We don't need a s
ecret fraternity to take the place of God in our lives.
Listen, we have a great God, greater is He that is in you than he that is in the
world. We've been talking today about the one in the world. Let's exalt the on
who is over us, in us, and who is working to do these things to order our steps
before us. God is a miracle working God. God has put together this conference, I
believe it with all my heart. I know some of us has just said God its bigger th
an all of us, its yours, take it.
The inheritance begins the day we acknowledge Jesus as Lord. And it will be that
final distribution when all of us will gather about the throne and we'll sing t
he praises of God and the Lamb forever. Our God is good and he's great. Now we n
eed to pray for those who are out there, lost and leaning on a system already do
omed to failure.. The white horse is being prepared, the rider is ready, the fea
st has been prepared for his people, all things are set up. Let's pray and just
thank God!

J. Edward Decker
While our Freemasonry Conference was in session, the talk was all about the ongo
ing study and eventual Southern Baptist Convention's denominational vote on Free
masonry. Called to do a fair study by the Convention a year earlier, the Home M
issions Board appointed Dr. Gary Leazer to head up an unbiased review. It turned
into a can of worms for everyone involved.
As things turned out, the report became somewhat tainted when it was discovered
that Dr. Gary Leazer, the man in charge of the study, was getting "clandestine"
help in its preparation from Masonic Friends.
A letter surfaced during the study, written by Leazer to one of the Masonic lead
ers, thanking him for all the help and making several depreciating remarks conc
erning those who were opposed to the Lodge. That letter had Leazer removed from
his job as head of the study, but both Leazer and the report continued on at the
HMB without correction. The report went to the floor of the convention as prep
ared by Leazer and his Masonic tutors.
Months after the vote was taken, in favor of the Masonic position, Dr. Leazer's
obvious ties to the Lodge created a new stir within the denomination when a cop
y of a speech he had made at a Masonic gathering reached the wrong hands..
In the Columbus Dispatch, dated 11-6-93, Religious News Service writer, David A
nderson reported,
" Larry Lewis, president of the Home Missions Board, said he requested Leazer's
resignation for "Gross insubordination" following publication in October of a
speech Leazer gave to a Masonic group.
Lewis said Leazer's Aug. 8 speech violated an order to "refrain from any and all
involvement in the Freemasonry issue. " Lewis told Baptist Press, the denominat
ion's official news agency, he had accepted Leazer's resignation Oct. 22.
"He has clearly violated that directive and in doing so has demonstrated his un
willingness to submit to the authority of his supervisors," Lewis said. Whether
Baptists can also be members of a Masonic Lodge has been a volatile issue."
The Convention and the Vote: The afterglow
It's an amazing thing that after the smoke had all settled, the Freemasons decl
ared a mighty victory at the SBC. In the August/93 Scottish Rite Journal, (pp. 3
-6) The Grand Commander, C. Fred Kleinknecht, called the vote historic, sayin
g, "this [vote was the] significant turning point for modern Freemasonry."
And well it might be. The Masonic Fraternity believes it has withstood its most
severe challenge in more than a century.
To the shame of the SBC's commitment to Biblical standards, the Convention, by a
n overwhelming majority approved the report and recommendation on Freemasonry i
ssued by the SBC Home Missions Board, which listed a number of things about Free
masonry that were compatible with Christianity and a number of things that were
not. The report went on to say that membership in a Masonic order was the busine
ss of the individual, not the church.
The Masonic Grand Commander called it a great victory. He stated that by its vot
e, the SBC had "... joined Freemasonry in its elevation of individual conscienc
e as the guide to personal beliefs and actions."
In a letter addressed to All Active Members, Deputies of the Supreme Council, Re
presentatives and Secretaries, dated June 21, 1993, Kleinknecht again inferred
that vote was a great victory for the craft. He stated,
" The Board's [Home Missions Board] report, based on a nearly year-long study by
the SBC's Interfaith Witness Department, rejects the allegation that Freemasonr
y is incompatible with Christianity and Southern Baptist Doctrine."
It sure sounded like a victory for the craft so far, but he mentioned
one problem a little further in his letter. He said, "Although the report c
ontains 8 unjustified, we feel, specific criticisms of Freemasonry, it also incl
udes several commendations of Freemasonry."
Let's back up just a hair. The Leazer affair proved without doubt that the Mas
ons, themselves, were involved with the report and aided the man in charge of wr
iting the report. Even then, they were unable to prevent the mention of some s
pecific criticisms of Freemasonry,
Next, the Masons made an unprecedented push to get control of the Convention. Th
e same Grand Commander wrote a letter to all those addressed above, plus the Edi
tors of all Masonic Publications and said that "It is crucial that Masons who ar
e Southern Baptists become messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention."
On the back of Kleinknecht's letter was a 12 step plan for every Baptist Mason
to follow in getting to be a Messenger at the SBC. The Masons rallied as never
before in their history. Only the Masons know what percent of the 17,800 Messe
ngers were Masons.
Yet, in spite of the enormous efforts by the Masons, the report still listed a
number of things so wrong with Freemasonry, that if they were reviewed in contex
t of Biblical Christianity, no Christian could truly be a Mason. This is what th
ey said:
The Eight Problems With Freemasonry
"1. The prevalent use of offensive concepts, titles, and terms such as "Worshipf
ul Master" for the leaders of the lodge; references to their buildings as "mosqu
es," "shrines," or "temples"; and the use of such words as "Abaddon" and Jah-Bul
-On," the so-called secret name of God. To many, these terms are not only offens
ive but sacrilegious.
2. The use of archaic, offensive rituals and so-called "bloody oaths" or "obliga
tions," among those being that promised by the Entered Apprentice: [listed in or
iginal] or that of the Fellow Craft degree: [listed in original] Or that of th
e Master Mason: [listed in original] Or that of other advanced degrees with req
uired rituals considered by many to be pagan and incompatible with Christian fa
ith and practice.
Even though these oaths, obligations and rituals may or may not be taken serious
ly by the initiate, it is inappropriate for a Christian to "sincerely promise an
d swear," with a hand on the Holy Bible, any such promises or oaths, or to parti
cipate in any such pagan rituals.
3. The recommended readings in pursuance of advanced degrees, of religions and p
hilosophies, which are undeniably pagan and/or occult, such as much of the writi
ngs of Albert Pike, Albert Mackey, Manly Hall, Rex Hutchins, W.L. Wilmhurst and
other such authors; along with their works, such as Morals and Dogma, A Bridge t
o Light, An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and The Meaning of Masonry.
4. The reference to the Bible placed on the altar of the lodge as the "furnitur
e of the lodge," comparing it to the square and compass rather than giving it th
e supreme place in the lodge.
5. The prevalent use of the term "light" which some may understand as a referenc
e to salvation rather than knowledge or truth.
6. The implication that salvation may be attained by one's good works, implicit
in the statement found in some
Masonic writings that "Masonry is continually reminded of that purity of life an
d conduct which is necessary to obtain admittance into the Celestial Lodge above
where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides." (LA Monitor, page 79)
Even though many Masons understand that the "purity of life and conduct" can on
ly be achieved through faith in Jesus Christ, others may be led to believe they
can earn salvation by living a pure life with good conduct.
7. The heresy of Universalism (the belief all people will eventually be saved),
which permeates the writings of many Masonic authors, which is a doctrine incons
istent with New Testament teaching.
8. The refusal of most lodges (although not all) to admit for membership African
(As reported by the Home Missions Board, SBC, 1350 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA
On the positive side, the report commended the Masons for its many charitable en
deavors, hospitals, burn centers. It acknowledged that many outstanding Christia
ns and Southern Baptists now and in the past have been Masons.
They recognized that many of the tenets and teachings of some Grand Lodges could
be considered compatible and supportive of the Christian faith and practice, su
ch as a strong emphasis on honesty, integrity, industry and character and the in
sistence that every member believe in [a] God. The report then quoted a number
of Biblical quotes from the Texas Monitor to show that there are some explicit r
eferences to the Christian faith.
However, the report cautioned that "To be sure, not all Grand Lodges affirm Chri
stian Doctrine, and many do not declare Jesus as the unique Son of God; but many
do, and for this we commend them."(Ibid.)
Their final statement concludes with this:
"We exhort Southern Baptists to prayerfully and carefully evaluate Freemasonry i
n the light of the Lordship of Christ, the teachings of the Scripture, and the f
indings of this report, as led by the Holy Spirit of God" (Ibid.)
And we say that if a Christian Mason truly did that he would honestly have to
leave the Lodge.
Dr. James Holly is the President of Mission and Ministry to Men, 550 N. 10th Str
eet, Beaumont, TX 77702. He has been God's man of the hour for the Southern Bap
tists. He has taken a strong stand time and again both as an official Messenger
to the Convention, and as an individual member of the denomination. He has almos
t single-handedly brought this issue to the place where Freemasonry is being exp
osed as the terrible threat it truly is to the church.
Dr. Holly has been cursed, slandered and defamed for his efforts, but continue
s to demand that the HMB admit that the report was slanted and that the Convent
ion vote was skewed in favor of the many Baptist Masons. He has continued to as
k the SBC leaders to re-evaluate their stand. In a recent letter to the Home Mis
sion Executive Committee, dated 2/9/94, He responded to a HMB Resolution justify
ing their SBC report.
"The Executive Committee's affirmation of its own actions is disingenuous. It wa
s Dr. Lewis himself who said that the HMB was in a "no win Situation" in regard
to the study of Freemasonry. It was Dr. Lewis himself who said that if the HMB f
ound for the Lodge or if they found against the Lodge the HMB would lose money.
The Executive Committee's praise of its own work rings hollow in the face of the
obvious deficiencies of the HMB' handling of the study of Freemasonry...... the
HMB's A Study of Freemasonry is not objective, scholarly or thorough."
Until the Southern Baptists take on this issue from a Biblical position and not
a political one, the denomination will wallow in self destructive cover-up afte
r cover-up. Pray that the Holy Spirit of God will break through the darkness in
high places and set the SBC free.